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NavajoEdit

EtymologyEdit

łi- (adjectival) + -Ø- (ni-modal 3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier)-bá (neuter imperfective stem of root -BAʼ, “to be gray”).

The łi- prefix appears to have originated historically from the -ł- classifier. When this prefix appears immediately in pre-stem position, it takes the shape of a -l- classifier.

VerbEdit

łibá

  1. it is gray
    Biyázhí neiyéhé łibáThe (one or two) opossum is gray.
    Biyázhí neiyéhé daalbáThe (three or more) opossums are gray.

Usage notesEdit

This is a neuter verb. As such, it has only the imperfective stem.

ConjugationEdit

Paradigm: Neuter imperfective (ni).

IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person łinishbá łiniibá dałiniibá
2nd person łiníbá łinohbá dałinohbá
3rd person łibá daalbá, dałibá
4th person jilbá dajilbá

Derived termsEdit

  • dinilbá (light gray, light brown)

Related termsEdit

See alsoEdit

Colors in Navajo · nidaashchʼąąʼígíí (layout · text)
     łigai      łibá
(dark gray: dinilzhin)
     łizhin      dibéłchíʼí, yishtłizh
(dark brown: dinilzhin)
             dinilchííʼ              łichííʼ              łichxíʼí
(light orange: diniltsxo)
             łitso
(light yellow: diniltso) ; dinilgai
                          dinooltłʼizh,
chʼilgo dootłʼizh
                          dootłʼizhii
             yágo dootłʼizh              dootłʼizh              diłhiłgo dootłʼizh              tsédídéehgo dootłʼizh