łééchąąʼí

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

łį́į́ʼ (pet) + chąąʼ (shit) + (nominalizer); literally, "shit pet." Replaced the old simplex łį́į́ʼ, which shifted meaning to "horse" following the reintroduction of the horse to North America, which led to the horse replacing the dog as the most favored "pet."[1]

Noun[edit]

łééchąąʼí (possessed form bilééchąąʼí)

  1. dog

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Bright, Native American placenames of the United States, s.v. HORSE.