-pil

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-pīl

  1. (added to nouns) A diminutive suffix; forms nouns denoting smallness.
Examples:
pilpīl (small child), from pilli (child)
tōtōpīl (small bird), from tōtōtl (bird)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The suffix undergoes short-vowel reduplication when pluralized, becoming -pipīl.
pīpilpipīl, plural form of pilpīl (small child)
tōtōpipīl, plural form of tōtōpīl (small bird)

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References[edit]

  • 1992, Frances Karttunen, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Oklahoma Press, page 194: