Xepá:ltel is the word for a ‘wood carving knife’.
Audio: Elizabeth Phillips
Xepá:ltel comes from the root xíp.
Xíp does not appear as a word by itself, but it and related form appear in many words related to carving and planing, including:
- xípet – plane it, trim it, taper it (of wood)
- xepólst – peel it (you use this to talk about peeling round fruits and vegetables; the -ols ending is used with round objects)
- xepqst – sharpen it (the -qs ending refers to a point or a nose)
The –tel ending in xepá:ltel marks tools and devices.