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Durese, also called Durosian, was the native language of the Duros.[1]

Since the Duros were such prominent spacers and traders, Durese became a common interstellar tongue. It was an influence for Basic,[2] and most Duros were fluent in both languages.[1] Most likely, it was also the root language of Pak Pak. The Durese Writing system was a syllabary.

Feminine words used as given names[edit | edit source]

The following words had a meaning in Durese, but could be used as given names for female Duros.[3]

  • Anra – laughter
  • Bechesmy – free thinker, wanderer (archaic)
  • Cyran – musical
  • Ena – regal, female ruler, queen (archaic)
  • Fullua – beloved
  • Gless – filled with joy
  • Hent – athletic
  • Izrin – beautiful
  • Ka – sky
  • Kiom – fresh air
  • Lai (m.) leshef (f.) - charismatic
  • Lod (m.) lona (f.) - wise
  • Mezerel – eclipse
  • nacha – fortune-teller, prophetess (archaic)
  • nuth – breathtaking
  • Onio – rain-bearing cloud (archaic)
  • Pleness – pure water
  • Quoia – evening star
  • Rana – dark cloud
  • Remerel – graceful dancer
  • Rek (m.) ruz (f.) - intelligent
  • Treta - hostess (literally "female servant bearing food")
  • Tris – sad, crying
  • Vendi – desirable
  • Wirret – talkative
  • Yrna – beguiling

Masculine words used as given names[edit | edit source]

The following words had a meaning in Durese, but could be used as given names for male Duros.[3]

  • Areta – industrious
  • Baniss – handsome
  • Bringe - honest
  • Cachi – gentle
  • Forim – capable, dependable
  • Gol – mighty
  • Hep – cunning
  • Izzed – entertaining
  • Jad – swift
  • Levat – restless, eager
  • Muz – hearty
  • Ohwun – famous
  • Plono – agreeable
  • Probos – inspiring
  • Quelben – bearer to the skies (reference to Duros diaspora)
  • Rumun – strong voice
  • Soz – an archaic melee weapon
  • Valik – blaster weapon
  • Winrel – trustworthy

Words used as surnames[edit | edit source]

The following words had a meaning in Durese, but were also used as surnames.[3]

  • Arapto – swift
  • Bodge – merchant, trader
  • Chaggit – food processor
  • DeBrek – starship crafter
  • DeMaal – space station crafter
  • Erbek – pollution warden
  • Foll – priest (archaic)
  • Gigrig – gardener
  • Gubb – moutain
  • Hud – possibly "hunter" or "forester"
  • Inrull – heart
  • Jokol – factory worker
  • Keeg – fisher (archaic)
  • Kresim – researcher
  • Lakbret – airspeeder crafter
  • Losh – peace warden
  • Luk – pilot
  • Miklak – landspeeder crafter
  • Mulk – speaker, politician
  • Na Maak – atmospheric dome crafter
  • Nootka – supervisor, commander
  • Nuruk – soldier
  • Oulat – administrator
  • Pedd – farmer (archaic)
  • Renek – male ruler, king (archaic)
  • Riltka – metalsmith
  • Rurk – possibly 'sailor'
  • Slarka – baker
  • Tacema – pest control warden
  • Trenma – mechanic
  • Viridux - spacer
  • Woluk – tunnel-digger, miner (archaic)

Other words[edit | edit source]

  • Esalacha - excellent
  • Ranadaast - unclear, but this seems to derived from "Rana" and was the name of the old capital of Duro

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