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Kaiila - 1)(noun): large (20-22 hands), carnivorous mammal with long neck and silky fur; its eyes have 3 lids; is vivaparous, has incredible stamina, and can be domesticated for riding in spite of its vicious temper; in the Tahari, its long hair is used for rope; 2) (noun): a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; their language is related to that of the Dust Legs

Kailiauk - (noun): stocky ruminant, tawny with red and brown markings on haunches, having 3 horns; stands c. 20-25 hands at the shoulder

Kailiauk - (noun): a tribe of Red Savages which inhabits the Barrens; their language is a dialect of Kaiila

Kaissa - (noun; lit. 'the game'): a boardgame much favored on Gor; the board is marked with 100 squares, colored alternately red and yellow; there are 20 pieces per side, which represent Ubar and Ubara, Initiates, Riders of the High Tharlarion, Tarnsmen, Scribes, Builders, Spearmen or Spear Slaves, and the Home Stone; it is played much like chess, the object being to capture one's opponent's Home Stone; in Torvaldsland, the Ubar, Ubara, tarnsman, Initiate, and Scribes are replaced by the Jarl, Jarl's Woman, Ax, Rune-Priest, and Singer, respectively

Kajira - (noun): slavegirl; plural. kajirae

Kajirus - (noun): male slave; plural. kajiri

Kajuralia - (noun; lit. 'holiday of slaves'): a festival, similar to the Feast of Fools, is which slaves trade places with their masters and have much freedom to play tricks on free persons; celebrated in most cities on the last day of the 12th Passage Hand, but in Ar and some other cities on the last day of the 5th month, the day before the Love Feast

Ka-la-na - (noun): 1) a tree with very strong yellow wood, used for making bows; 2) a very potent dry white or red wine, made from the fruit of the Ka-la-na tree

Kal-da - (noun): alcoholic beverage made of ka- la-na wine diluted with citrus juices and mixed with strong spices, and served hot

kalika - (noun): musical instrument having a long neck and hemispheric soundbox, its 6 strings being plucked; similar to a banjo

kalmak - (noun): vest of black leather worn by the slavegirls of the Wagon Peoples

Kan-lara - (noun): slave brand

Kashani - (noun): a minor tribe of the Tahari; they are a vassal tribe of the Kavars

Kaska - (noun): a small hand drum

Kavars - (noun): a major tribe of the Tahari; their vassal tribes are the Ta'Kara, Bakahs, Char, and Kashani; their war-cry is 'Kavars Supreme!'

Kanda - (noun): a shrub of the Gorean desert; a lethal poison can be extracted from its roots, while chewing the leaves has an addictive narcotic effect

Kara - (noun): turning

Kassars - (noun): one of the 4 tribes of the Wagon Peoples; also called the Blood People; their standard is a scarlet bola

Kataii - (noun): one of the 4 tribes of the Wagon Peoples, whose members are negroid; their standard is a yellow bow

Kef - (noun): a letter of the Gorean alphabet, analogous with the Earth letter 'K'; the first letter of the Gorean words for male and female slaves, and hence often used as a brand

Kennel - (noun): a small, concrete room, usu. 3'x3'x4', having an iron grill for a door, in which a slavegirl may be confined at night

Kes - 1) (noun): a shrub whose salty, blue secondary roots are a main ingredient in sullage; 2) (noun): short tunic of black leather worn by the male slaves of the Wagon Peoples

Kettle-and-mat girl - (noun): a slavegirl whose function is divided between household tasks and sexual servitude

Ki - (adv.): no, not; also indicates a negative (ex. 'la ki kajira' - I am not a slavegirl)

Ko-lar - (noun): slave collar

Koora - (noun): strip of red fabric worn as a headband by the slavegirls of the Wagon Peoples

Ko-ro-ba - (noun): village market (obsolete); cap. a major city-state, often referred to as the 'Towers of the Morning'

Kort - (noun): a rinded fruit of the Tahari; served sliced with melted cheese and nutmeg

Kosis - (noun): disease

Kur - (noun; lit. 'beast'; pl. kurii; a corruption of their name for themselves): a large (8-9') furred, mammal having 4 legs, which can stand upright or on all fours; each paw has 6 multiply-jointed digits with retractable claws and an opposing thumb, so that it can grip; it has 2 rows of teeth; they are incredibly strong and ferocious, and are carnivorous, even to eating humans

Kurdah - (noun): a small, light, semi-circular tent, c. 3' in diameter and 4' high, carried by a pack aiila, in which women (slave or free) may ride; the frame is of tem-wood and is covered with layers of white rep-cloth; used mainly in the Tahari

Kurt - (noun): the five-bladed slave whip


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