łééchąąʼí

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Etymology[edit]

From łį́į́ʼ (pet) + chąąʼ (shit) + (nominalizer); literally, "shit pet" (pet that eats excrement). 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] Compare Chipewyan łį, Sarcee tłíchʼà, Ahtna łicʼae.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

łééchąąʼí (possessed form bilééchąąʼí)

  1. dog

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References[edit]

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