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EtymologyEdit

Of the extant senses, "pet" is oldest; the original meaning, retained in Athabaskan cognates, was "dog."[1] Upon the reintroduction of the horse to North America, the Navajo language transferred the usage of łį́į́ʼ to the horse (which became the new favored "pet" in Navajo culture), with the dog being referred to by a derived term, łééchąąʼí (literally "shit pet"). Compare Dogrib tłı̨ (dog).

NounEdit

łį́į́ʼ (compound łéʼé-, łéé-, łį́į́ʼ-, possessed form bilį́į́ʼ)

  1. pet
  2. livestock
  3. horse

InflectionEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sapir, Internal Linguistic Evidence Suggestive of the Northern Origin of the Navaho [1], p. 227

Western ApacheEdit

NounEdit

łį́į́ʼ

  1. horse