Game-Inspired Hylian Words
This marks the first in an ongoing series of posts showcasing Archaic Hylian words directly borrowed from or inspired by the games themselves.
decu /ˈdeku/, adjective, vowel-final declension, from “deku” or dec. 1 of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the forest. 2 verdant, lush.
dec /dek/, noun, first declension sub-A. 1 tree. Note: the in-universe origin of decu.
dedec /ˈdedek/, noun, first declension sub-A, reduplication of dec. 1 forest, copse, grove, woods.
dedeşleiwic /dedeˈʃleiwik/, noun, first declension sub-A, from dedec + şleiwic “shelf, top”. 1 forest canopy, treetop.
decapar /ˈdekɑpɑr/, noun, third declension, from dec + diminutive -apar. 1 stick, branch.
Bonus: baba /ˈbɑbɑ/, noun, first declension sub-B, from “baba”. 1 flower, blossom, bloom.
"Deku" is probably one of the most iconic words of the Legend of Zelda series. Archaic Hylian is spoken around the time of the events of Skyward Sword, so of the specifically named characters and objects in the game, only deku babas and deku seeds use this word. However, in-universe, all these words would be used as appropriate based on their definitions.
Because I borrowed these words from the canon, you can read e.g., “deku baba” in-game as just a direct borrowing from AH decu baba “forest flower”. Though anachronistic, rendering “Deku Tree” in AH becomes decu dec; and deku sticks are merely sticks, decapar.