Your idea is not dissimilar to many compounds in Indonesian. Two that come to mind immediately are "rumah sakit" (house sick) for 'hospital' and "rumah makan" (house eat) for 'restaurant'. I'm sure there are many others, but I don't have time or inclination just now to scan the dictionary for them.......... Of course, Kash has similar compounds based on _puna_ 'house', also on _yurun_ 'place'. ;-))) --- On Sun, 11/18/12, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote: An idea for a dictionary of two-word definitions: In a conlang that derives new nouns by compounding "fundamental" nouns with other nouns, verbs, or adjectives, there is a lot of flexibility as to which nouns are "fundamental" and which nouns are "derivative". A sea-going culture might have a fundamental noun for "boat", but consider a "wagon" to be a "land-boat". On the other hand, a landlocked culture might have come up with a fundamental word for "wagon" and only later found a need for a word like "sea-wagon". (snip the rest).