Dictionary of Romulan Language

 
The following list of Rihannsu words and their definitions was compiled by Khedak based on S'Taleron's Rihannsu Dictionary 1.1 and other indicated sources. Please note that in this edition all words coming from FASA books have been eradicated and replaced. FASA is not considered a canon source as far as language is concerned. Khedak can be emailed with errors and corrections at ctrader3@gate.net.
 
 

The Main Dictionary

aefvadh interj.
1 greeting, literally "be welcome"
aehallh n.
1 a monster or ghost 2 an illusory creature, cognate to "nightmare" in terran tradition that "rides" the dreamer to its perdition 3 the image or illusion that one being has of another, as opposed to the true nature of the person in question.
ael adj.
1 winged creature 2 prop. n. personal name connoting a creature which moves quickly giving one little time to make out details.
afw'ein n.
1 reason, logic, or logical mental process
aidoann n.
1 the moon 2 prop. n. personal name, connoting the moon
aihai n.
1 plains, flatlands, prairie
aihr indicative noun prefix
1 this is
Arrhae proper name
1 worth-in-cash, originally "arrhe"
arrhe n.
1 worth-in-cash 2 derog. a servant who performed the duties of slave below his/her rank, modified to be "a servant more worthy of a higher position than those awarded it"
au'e interj.
1 Oh yes
auethn imperative
1 advise me 2 answer a query
ch'Havran n.
1 planet of the Travelers
ch'Havranha n.
1 native of the planet ch'Havran
ch'Havrannsu n. plural
1 natives of the planet ch'Havran
ch'Rihan n.
1 planet of the Chosen
daise adj.
1 chief, principle, senior, foremost
daisemi'in adj.
1 chief among several
seihu n.
1 senator 2 elder
eisn n.
1 "Homesun", the G9 star 128 Trianguli
Eitreih'hveinn n.
1 the Farmer's Festival
enriov n.
1 admiral of fleet forces.
enarrain n.
1 senior Centurion 2 colonel of infantry
erei'Riov n.
1 subcommander 2 captain of the infantry 3 lieutenant-commander of fleet forces
erein n.
1 antecenturion or subcenturion [Note: Translation sources vary. Officer-cadet of infantry or ensign of the fleet forces.]
etrehh n.
1 machine
fvai, fvaiin n.
1 child's riding beast and house pet [Note: Analogous to the Terran Oligocene-period Mesohippus in size though only approximate in appearance.]
fvillha n.
1 praetor 2 a judicial-level official with some executive powers, now much expanded
fvillhaih n.
1 praetorate
Galae
Fleet (Most specifically, space fleet, since the battles of Rihannsu history were principally land-based. However, there was a later, enthusiastic adoption of massed airpower in both the offensive and defensive modes, and it is here, rather than in naval tradition, that the term has it's origins.)
Haerh
Cargo Space
Haerht
Cargo Hold
Huad
Writing (see text of haudet')
Hnhuadr
Data Transfer (Direct protocol transfer from one computer to another)
Huadet'
Printout (from huad, writing, and etrehh, machine. Computer printout: sometimes, screen dump as well. Cf hnhaudr, see above)
Hfai, Hfehan
Servant(s) (Bond servant earning a wage, but without the liberty of changing employers at will)
Hfihar
House (Noble families, NOT dwellings. see below.)
Hfihrnn
Houses (see above)
hlai, hlaiim
Large, flightless bird(s), farmed for their meat; similar to the terran ostrich. The very largest are also tamed for children to ride. This, however, renders their meat unusable.
hlai'hwy, hlai'vna
"Held" and "Loose" hlai; domesticated and wild (game) birds.
Hna'h
Engage (activation-imperative suffix, eg: "Fire!" "Energize!" "Go!")
Hnafirh
See (but not as an active verb; passive with an implication that someone else must cooperate in the act of sharing or imparting information. Cf. hnafirh'rau)
Hnafirh'rau
Let me/us see it (see above)
Hnafiv
Hear (as above)
Hnafiv'rau
Let me hear (see above)
Hrrau
at/on/in (a general locative particle or infix)
Hru'hfe
Head Servant (Head-of-the-Household. The senior servant among the domestic staff, appointed as overseer and servant's manager)
Hru'hfirh
Head of House (euphemism: "The Lord", Most senior member of a noble family)
H'ta fvau
Come back here (To last place! Immediate return!)
Hteij
Transporter (Transmat. Not considered as a reliable form of travel, most of the time (possibly understandable, considering that the technology was bought second hand from the khell'oann-mhehorael))
Hteij'rhe
Transporter Room
Hwaveyiir
Bridge (Command-Executive center, the flight bridge of a ship as opposed to the combat-control area. (See Oira))
Hwiiy
You are (sometimes imperative)
Ie
Yes (Come, General response or acknowledgement)
ie'yyak-hnah
Fire Phasers!
iehyyak
Multiple Phasers ("multiple" rather than "several" phasers, especially in reference to the combat-control area)
khellian
Hunter (Archaic, also a proper house-name)
khell'oann-mhehorael
The Klingon Empire (See lloann'mhrahel)
-Khoi
Cease (Cease, switch off, finish)
khre'Riov
Commander-General (Equivalent to a colonel of infantry or a commodore of fleet forces)
kllhe
Worm (The annelid worm, introduced to domestic hlai-pens, which ingests the acidic dung and thus processes it to usable fertilizer. Also and insult.)
kll'inghann
The Klingon people (however see khell'oann-mhehorael)
lehe'jhme
A fruit used to make wine
lhhei
Madam
llaekh-ae'rl
Laughing Murder; the practice or kata forms of a common Rihannsu unarmed combat technique. Provenance of the name is uncertain)
lluadh
A sneaky person (not always an insult when used in reference to Rihannsu people or culture)
llhrei'sian
Diarrhea (as a result of mild food poisoning; a term exactly equivalent to "The runs." "The Titanian two-step." "The (any number of edible object)'s revenge."
llilla'hu
That will do ("That's just enough"; barely adequate, sufficient.)
lloann'mhrahel
The United Federation of Planets (However, the term translates most acuurately as "Them, from There" (as opposed to "Us, from Here"). The Klingons, once encountered, were promptly named khell'oann-mhehorael ("More of them, from Somewhere Else".))
lloan'na
Fed (catchall title for a UFP member, translating exactly as a/the Fed)
lloannen'galae
Federation Fleet (Federation Battlegroup, Task Force; the word has aggressive connotations that do not differentiate between warships and civilian vessels, but then Rihannsu have seldom seen the need to regard ships other than ours as anything but potential enemies.)
Mnek'nra
Good (Well, good, correct, satisfactory, inferior-superior mode)
Mnekha
Good (As above, superior-inferior mode)
Mnhei'sahe
The Ruling Passion (The concept, or concept complex, that rules most of Rihannsu life in terms of Honor. Mnhei'sahe is primarily occupied with courtesy to the people around one: this courtesy, depending on circumstances, may require killing a person to do him honor, or severely disadvantaging oneself on his behalf. There are many ramifications too involved to go into, but generall Mnhei'sahe is satisfied if all the parties to an agreement feel that their "face" or honor is intact after a (social) or other transaction. NB: The concept has occasionally been mistranslated as implying that a given action is done "for another person's good." This is incorrect; such a concept literally does not exist in Rihannsu culture. One does things for one's own good -- or rather, the good of one's honor, and if properly carried out, the actions in question will have benefitted the other parties in the transaction as well.)
nei'rrh
small birds, similar in size and flight characteristics to terran hummingbirds. (family Trochilidae). With a poison-secreting spur on the upper mandible of the beak. Also an insult, referring to a person annoying or dangerous out of all proportion to their size, status, or (usually) worth.
neth (...nah'lai)
either (...or)
(neth...) nah'lai
(either...) or
nuhirrien
Charisma ("look-toward, the quality of charisma or mass attractiveness)
oal'lhih
Announce the presence/the arrival
oira
Battle control (aboard warbird-class and smaller ships, this is the same as the bridge-deck (see hwaveyiir) as the flight control area, although rigged for combat; but on larger, Klingon-built Akif and K't'inga class vessels the word applies to a seperate, heavily armored area deep in the command prow.)
qiuu
all
qiuu'n (oaii)
everything, "The lot."
Ra'kholh
Avenger (A popular ship-name in the Rihannsu fleet)
Ra'tleihfi
The capitol city on ch'Rihan
rehei
Private name, fourth name, the name a Rihannsu finds within oneself and then shares only with those closest to him/her.
rekkhai
Sir (inferior-superior high-phase mode)
rha-rh'e
"Indeed?" "Is that so?" (colloq. vulg. "Oh yeah?")
Rhi
Five
Rihanh
The Declared
Rihanha
One of the Delcared (A Romulan)
Rihannsu
relating to the Declared (Adjective: Romulan)
Riov
Captain of Fleet Forces. "Commander" of a warship.
rrh-thanai
Hostage-Fostering (sometimes the making of peace by the exchanging of children, each to be brought up by the other's tradition to further understanding and harmony. Sometimes the exchange is simply to provide leverage and a surety of good behavior: "Don't do this, or your son/daughter will die." Fosterings often start in one context and end up in another.)
S'harien
Pierceblood (The name in Old Vulcan, chosen by pre-sundering Vulcan's most famous swordsmith as a reaction against the teachings of surak: The name was also given to his swords)
siuren
Minutes (Or at least, the Rihannsu equivalent, actually equal to 50.5 secs.)
sseikae
A scavenger, analogous to the Terran hyena Crocuta Crocuta and employed as an insult in the same way)
ssuaj-ha
understood (Inferior-Superior mode)
ssuej-d'ifv
Do you understand (Superior-Inferior mode)
sthea'hwii
I request (an action) be done at once (superior-inferior, courteous mode.)
ta krenn
Look there! (Look at this!)
ta'khoi
Screen off (Usage for voice-activated equipment and (if used to another person) very explicit superiority)
ta'rhae
Screen on (See above.)
th'ann(-a)
(the) prisoner
T'liss
A bird of prey/Warbird-class starship
thrai, thraiin
Predator, analogous to the Terran wolverine Gulo luscus; and possessed of similar legendary traits for persistance, vengeful stubborness, and ferocity.
tlhei
My word (Occasionally as in "My (given) word" but more usually "My command/Order/bidding")
urru
go to... (A non-mode imperative, which if circumstances permit can be used from low to high as well as the more usual vice-versa.)
vaed'rae
Attend me (Hear me/Attend me, more imperative than "Listen", and more formal)
vah-udt
"What rank?" (Who are you (to be asking/doing this)?)
vriha
highest/most superior
yhfi-ss'ue
Travel tubes (The public transport system of the five rail-mounted cars, powered by electromagnetic linear morots, carrying 20 persons in an enclosed weatherproof tubes.)
   
 

Curses

Dha'rudh
Jerk
Fvadt
Fuck
Hnaev
Crap
NOTE: "Vah-thieur" and "Khoi-Udt" have been removed, since it seems "Vah-thieur" means "What hell", and is an english idiom. More accurate would be "Vahrrau Thieura" which seems to translate to "What in the hell" (Though it is still an english idiom and probably shouldnt be used). And then there is still the argument that "Areinnye" is the proper word for the underworld... In any case, "Khoi-udt" seems to translate to "cease rank", more like demote or discharge than "drop dead". "-udt" does not seem to mean "you".
 
 

FASA Replacement Words
Some Derived, Some Invented

Arrenhe
Graceful (exact translation)
Aen
Wing
Aen v'Saeihr
Wing of the Stars (Or StarWing)
Rakh'orhe
Vengance
Lhaerrh
Lifter (Object that lifts)
Lhaerrhnen
Lifter (One that lifts)
Dhael
Bird (General; conceptual, as often applied to REAL birds, as to the thought-image of a bird, or gliding, or soaring, etc.)
Terrh
Night
Khaiell
Wind
Saefvi'llahn
Comet
Llaihr
Death
Saeihrnn
Stars
Saeihr
Star
Llhaes
Sky
Ghalai
Swarm
Ssaedhe
Gallant, Brave
Llaiir
Fire
Eirhiss
Nest
Rrh'eilln
Carrier
Aehkhifv
Destruction
Reh'llan
Exploding
Rehllai
To Explode
Fveirrolh
Vigilant, Perserverant
Sienae
Talon
Hvei'khenn
Storm
Khall'ianen
Seeker (One who searches)
Yhea
Swift
Efw'khelh
Defender
Hveillh
Territory; usu. an area of land but now accepted in terms of space as well.
 
 

Note on New Words

You may attempt to make new words on your own, but it would be much preferred if you contacted Khedak (the dictionary keeper) about new words. Also, there are more invented words than this; Khedak has them and may make a seperate list of them soon, so ask, it may already be invented!

 

Canon Nature of Invented Words

If an invented word can be proven to be null due to the existance of a canon word of the same meaning. Canon sources are The Romulan Way, and My, Enemy, My Ally. Notify Khedak and he will replace the invented term with the canon term.
 
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