In English and other languages, the words for colors are both nouns ("Blue is my favorite color") and adjectives ("the blue car"). In Hilinqwo, colors use the noun pattern. Thus the noun form of the chromatic base indicates the color itself, and the dative case indicates "being" the color (more exactly, having the color).

  • Eqos klit bluom. I prefer the color blue.
  • Eqos klit bluosim awtimotom. I prefer blue cars. (Literally "I prefer cars that have the color blue.")

Cardinal Colors

The cardinal colors are the primary and secondary colors of paint, plus white, black and brown. These bases represent all shades of the respective colors. All other chromatic bases represent specific shades.

English Word White Red Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Black
Hilinqwo Base * rub* porfyr* blu* vir* qel* narang* *
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White and Black

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Shading and Saturation

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All Defined Colors