The Cardassian language is the primary language of the Cardassian civilization.

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The phrase for "no surrender." In the mirror universe, a Galor-class warship under the command of Gul Evek was called the Bak'rikan. (VOY - Mirror Universe novel: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent)
The name by which the Cardassians refer to themselves meant "People of Discipline." (ST - New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "The Glories of the Hebitians")
The word for "nothing". Odo was given this name by the Cardassians and eventually shortened it to just "Odo". (DS9 episode: "Heart of Stone")
A divine entity but not a god. (DS9 - Prophecy and Change short story: "Three Sides to Every Story", DS9 - Tales from the Captain's Table short story: "The Officers' Club")
The name for a Cardassian ritual in which a dying person reveals their secrets to the rest of the family, for use against their enemies. (DS9 episode: "Ties of Blood and Water")
Cardassian language word used in colorful metaphors. In context, a Cardassian might say "I don't give a shtel what he said". (TTN novel: Sword of Damocles)


The Cardassian alphabet was designed by the TNG and DS9 art departments for use on models, set decoration and computer displays.


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