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Twi'leki,[2] Rylothean,[3] or Ryl[4] was the native spoken language of the Twi'leks.

History[]

In addition to Ryl, Twi'leks were also fluent in Lekku language, a silent form of communication using gestures made purely with the lekku. Only Twi'leks could express themselves this way, and few other species could understand them readily. Lekku was ideal for private conversation between Twi'leks in crowded areas. Jedi Master Kit Fisto was one of the few non-Twi'leks to fully master Lekku.

Twi'leks were usually trilingual (in Ryl, Lekku and Basic) and biliterate (in Ryl and Basic - Lekku had no written form). Many Twi'leks also learned to speak Huttese.

As of the Jedi Civil War, an older form of the language, known simply as Twi'lek, was the dominant interstellar commerce language outside of the Republic. It was claimed to be nearly as widespread as Basic.

Words used as masculine given names[]

The following words had a meaning in Ryl, but could be used as given names for male Twi'leks.[5]

  • Alask – desert, sand
  • Anoon – commander, warrior chief
  • Boc – stalagmite, rock column
  • Bril – wind
  • Byt – hammer (as a weapon)
  • Cazne – fortress, castle
  • Chee – war, warrior
  • Chom – drum
  • Cotan - tower
  • Darap – stone
  • Dinek – male ruler, king
  • Elav – scholar
  • Firith – defender
  • Glie - axe
  • Guzerre – priest, holy person
  • Haly – visitor
  • Hid – cliff
  • Ilar – ash, dust
  • Jela – sword
  • Jer – arrow
  • Karawn – strength
  • Kopecz – philosopher
  • Lonay – miner
  • Nabat – farm, farmer
  • Nat – rock
  • Nawara – speaker, tongue
  • Nerra – brother
  • Nuro – judge
  • Olm – porter, bearer
  • Pol – stalactite
  • Ree – spear
  • Reess – metalsmith
  • Rol – sun
  • Silais – gatekeeper, caretaker
  • Siolo - poet
  • Skawn – merchant
  • Tal – champion
  • Tol – fire
  • Tott – thorn bush, fang
  • Valsil – tailor
  • Vuren – mountain
  • Warat – victor, winner
  • Yuned – thunder
  • Zelada – traveler, explorer

Words used as feminine given names[]

The following words had a meaning in Ryl, but could be used as given names for female Twi'leks.[5]

  • Aayla – mist, smoke
  • Alema - protector
  • Ann – moon
  • Aola – flower
  • Ayy – star
  • Daesha – female ruler, queen
  • Dia – ice
  • Gida – female warrior
  • Giza – needle, stiletto
  • Jiljoo – gem
  • Koyi – serpent
  • Lyn – snow
  • Nima – gift
  • Numa – sister
  • Oola – water
  • Palakwi – lizard
  • Pampy – jewel
  • Poy – wing, wings
  • Seela – dancer
  • Seku – memory
  • Shakka – lightning
  • Shiri – singer
  • Sienn – maiden
  • Sinya – darkness
  • Supisy – mysterious female
  • Tann – hope
  • Teeubo – treasure
  • Xiaan – spider

Words used as clan names[]

The following words had a meaning in Ryl, but were also used as clan names.[5]

  • Amersu – solid
  • Anu – desired
  • Blankuna – philosophical
  • Blen – captivating, enthralling
  • Bondara – carefree, easy
  • Dira – gentle
  • Distombe – strong
  • Doneeta – sure, wise
  • Dura – of or related to mines
  • Eyan – young, youthful
  • Fenn – industrious, hard-working
  • Freetaa – brave
  • Freykaa – beloved
  • Gella – flowery
  • Han – sharp
  • Jab – gemlike
  • Kairn – dark, black
  • Kluub – tranquil
  • Komad – chivalry, chivalrous
  • Kru – moutainous
  • Luroon – ingenious, intelligent
  • Me – fiery, hot
  • Mobok – authoritative
  • Nilim – heroic
  • Olan – wealthy
  • Olgkru – strong-willed
  • Passik – golden, of gold
  • Rackus – happy
  • Racor – laughing
  • Rar – bold
  • Rha – sunny, bright
  • Secura – skilled
  • Shala – crying, tearful
  • Sivron - shrewd
  • Smoo – blessed
  • Tar – swift
  • Tarkona – stormy weather
  • Teksa – trustworthy
  • Tiatkin – creative
  • Toqema – dependable
  • Torr – pale, white
  • Tualin – royal, noble
  • Una – graceful
  • Valla – legal, of law
  • Ven – silvery, of silver
  • Vida – pleasing to the senses
  • Vrei – lucky, fortunate
  • Waran – of tunnels or caves
  • Ziveri – scorching

Other words[]

  • Nawar'aven – silver tongued
  • Nawara'ven - tarnished silver
  • Nerra – brother Listen 
  • tchun-tchin - alternate name for lekku
    • tchin - right lek
    • tchun - left lek
  • Wedgan'tilles – Not actually a word in Ryl, but sounds similar to "slayer of stars". Tal'dira insisted on calling Wedge Antilles this in favor of the Basic pronunciation of his name, on the grounds that the latter loosely translated to "one so foul as to induce vomiting in a rancor".[6]

Words for which a literal definition is unknown[]

  • Ma-allesh – a parting phrase[7]

Notable non-native speakers of Ryl[]

Notable non-native speakers of Twi'leki[]

Behind the scenes[]

In Living Force Campaign Guide, this language is misspelled Ryu.

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Appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

External links[]

Twi'lek lexicon and dictionary

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