dootłʼizh

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Navajo[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

di- (color) + -ni- (adjectival) + -Ø- (3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier) + -tłʼizh (imperfective verb stem).

Verb[edit]

dootłʼizh

  1. he/she/it is green, blue
    Łóóʼ dootłʼizh — The (one or two) fish is blue.
    Łóóʼ dadootłʼizh — The (three or more) fish are blue.
Usage notes[edit]

This word is used to refer to all shades of blue or green (especially the blue), including turquoise, which is approximately halfway in between. The related term dootłʼizhii is limited to the narrow turquoise spectrum.

This is a neuter verb that only uses the imperfective stem.

Conjugation[edit]
IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person dinishtłʼizh diniitłʼizh dadiniitłʼizh
2nd person dinítłʼizh dinohtłʼizh dadinohtłʼizh
3rd person dootłʼizh dadootłʼizh
4th person jidootłʼizh dazhdootłʼizh
Derived terms[edit]
Dootłʼizh, green 10¢ note.

Etymology 2[edit]

The use of dootłʼizh (green) to refer to the dime coin comes from the green color of the fractional currency note for this denomination during the Civil War.

Noun[edit]

dootłʼizh

  1. dime (coin)

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