S qama'
ka.'maz ] / [ ka.'maz ]
Klingon letters:


word type: noun, TKD chapter 3.

plural: qama'pu' (beings capable of language)


The Klingon Dictionary p. 101
First used in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (see list)

Canon examples

qama' vIqIppu' neH.
I merely hit the prisoner. (TKD p. 56)

qama'pu' DIHoH 'e' luSov.
They know we kill prisoners. (TKD p. 66)

qama'pu' DIHoH net Sov.
One knows we kill prisoners. (TKD p. 66)

qama'pu' vIjonta' vIneH.
I wanted to capture prisoners. (TKD p. 67)

qama'pu' jonta' neH.
Wanted prisoners! (Clipped Klingon) (TKD p. 74)

puqpu' chaH qama'pu''e'.
The prisoners are children. (TKD p. 68)

yaSvaD taj nobpu' qama'.
The prisoner gave the officer the knife. (TKD Addendum p. 180)

More Information

The verb ma' originally was intended as the verb for "tell" in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in the phrase qama'pu' jonta' neH with the original meaning of "I told you: only the engine". When the makers of the film changed the subtitles to "I wanted prisoners", Marc Okrand had to change the meaning of the words (making qama' to "prisoner" and ja' as "tell"). He kept the word ma' and listed is with new meaning, because he was forced to "accommodate" it.

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