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Tamaranian Dictionary

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Wildlife

  • Flarnop: A Tamaranean creature that looks like a giant, mutated Domo-kun.
  • Glorg: Some type of carnivorous creature that likes to feed on Zarnics.
  • Portkin: A Tamaranean creature that resembles Jek Tono Porkins from the Star Wars franchise with an orange dinosaur body. They are about six times the size of Starfire and, as she puts it, “as big as a Flarnop!
  • Stinermite: A type of Tamaranean parasite.
  • Zarnic: A type of pet Starfire once had, which was eaten by a Glorg.
  • Spudlings: A type of slime creature consumed on Tamaran as live food.
  • Zornian muck beetle: An apparently disgusting insect with a slimy underside.
  • Grisnek: Unspecified creature. Origin of the Tamaranean phrase, “The grisnek has got your tongue” (a pun on the Earth phrase “The cat has got your tongue”)
  • Flanorgla flies: Unspecified creature, possibly similar to Earth fireflies, that shines brightly. The lights ofTokyo remind Starfire of the creature on first look at the city.
  • Snervian blork worm: Unspecified creature. They apparently have very foul smelling breath, as Starfire states she smells like the creature’s breath when she and Raven fall from the sky into a pile of garbage.
  • Glorkaroach: Unspecified, but apparently insectoid creature and part of the Tamaranean diet. In The End – Part 1, Starfire comments on how Raven‘s terrible pancakes remind her of incinerated Glorkaroaches (Burnt on the outside yet runny on the inside, just like the incinerated Glorkaroaches of my homeworld).

Tamaranean vocabulary

Starfire has been known to periodically use terms from her native vocabulary, mostly in lack for a comparable (and to her, unknown) Earth equivalent. Known words and their meanings include:

  • Bumgorf: A protegee or pupil, usually in need of a parent or guardian (k’norfka).
  • K’Norfka: A legal guardian of a bumgorf.
  • Troq: A disparaging term meaning ‘nothing,’ as in being worthless/insignificant directed at Tamaraneans. 
  • G’luthnog: The Tamaranean equivalent for ‘Gesundheit’ or ‘bless you’.
  • Grebnacks: Tamaranean term for an unspecified body part, possibly the buttocks or breasts.
  • “behaving like a royal zorrgnarg“: True nature of the term unknown; used as Tamaranean equivalent for the derisive term ‘jerk’ or ‘pain’ (essentially, a bad person).
  • Rutha: weak, or weakness.
  • Clorbag Valblernek: Possibly a person who pulls mean pranks on others, or merely the word he/she is described as by an offended reactant.
  • Grimplork: derisive term for a female, presumably in terms of relationship (i.e. a romantic rival). Once used byStarfire in reference to Kitten.
  • Milnip Wusserloop: Name used towards Beast Boy. It is not stated if it is something good or bad; Starfire simply laughs and flies off when Beast Boy asks if the term means something good.
  • Grubfars: Type of Tameranean currency. Used when asking Cyborg if he is okay. Instead of the term,”A penny for your thoughts” Starfire says, “For your thoughts I will pay six Grubfars”

Cultural paraphernalia

  • X’hal: Term for the supreme Tamaranean deity. Also used as a respectful hailing.
  • Blorthog: A celebration for the renewal and maintenance of close friendships. The opposition to Rekma.
  • Rekma: The Drifting. A Tamaranean term for the termination (“living apart”) of a friendship.
  • Zorkaberry: A bitter-tasting type of berry native to Tamaran.
  • Throknar: “Crown of Meat”. A traditional Tamaranean birthday celebration item.
  • Grubtharks: A Tamaranean form of money. How comparable it is to the US dollar is unknown.
  • Gorka pipe: A native Tamaranean instrument, similar to Scottish bagpipes. Normally plays very dissonant notes too disruptive for humans to bear.
  • Gorb-Gorb: According to Starfire, a “festival of berating drapery”. Most likely, though, merely an instant invention to explain some ripped curtains in her room.
  • Glorrk: A Tamaranean dish incorporating dried Spudlings and Zorkaberries. Terra once commented that it tastes like sushi and ice cream put together, and it is apparently made from some sort of Tamaranean fungus.
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