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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tangqa'

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Friday, May 10, 2013
> Klingon word: tangqa'
> Part of speech: noun
> Definition: animal species with both genders resembling Terran bull
> Source: HQ:v9n4p?

Word supplied by Okrand (HQ 9.4):

  In the epic, Gilgamesh and Enkidu battle the Bull of Heaven.
  The Klingon translation (allegedly found on a barren planetoid)
  contains the phrase: {QI'tu' tangqa'}. Although {QI'tu'} "heaven"
  is a familiar enough term, {tangqa'} is clearly something new.
  Maltz graciously provided the following brief explanation: 
  There's this Klingon animal, you see, which is kind of bull-like.
  It's called a {tangqa'}.  Both male and female ones are called
  {tangqa'}. So it doesn't really mean "bull."  But it certainly
  looks like one.  Or more like a bull than anything else.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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