Värikäs is an adjective that is constructed from väri, a noun which means ”color” in American English and ”colour” in British English, plus the suffix -kas/käs which can turn some Finnish nouns into adjectives indicating an abundance of the thing expressed by the noun.
The book title Värikäs Muumilaakso means ”Colourful Moomin Valley.” Laakso means ”valley,” and Moomins are the central characters in Swedish-Finnish illustrator/writer Tove Jansson’s famous books and comic strips.
Here are some other common words which include väri.
- ihonväri – skin colour
- väriliitu – a crayon
- värinen – used together with a noun or a pronoun (e.g. minkä, tämän, tuon, sen) to ask or describe what color something is. If the colour described is well-established the two words may be compounded (i.e., sinapinvärinen for ”mustard colour”).
- värittää – (verb) to colour
- väritön – colourless