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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).


łį́į́ʼ (possessed form bilį́į́ʼ)

  1. pet
  2. livestock
  3. horse

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