łitso

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Navajo[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

łi- (color) + -Ø- (3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier) + -tso (imperfective verb stem). The łi- prefix appears to have originated historically from the -ł- classifier.

Verb[edit]

łitso

  1. it is yellow
    Tsídii łitso — The (one or two) bird is yellow.
    Tsídii daaltso — The (three or more) birds are yellow.
Usage notes[edit]

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

Conjugation[edit]
IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person łinistso łiniitso dałiniitso
2nd person łinítso łinohtso dałinohtso
3rd person łitso daaltso
4th person jiltso dajiltso
Derived terms[edit]
Łitso, yellowish 5¢ note

Etymology 2[edit]

The use of łitso (yellow) to refer to the nickel coin comes from the gold or yellowish color used in the fractional currency note for this denomination during the Civil War.

Noun[edit]

łitso

  1. nickel (coin)

See also[edit]