názbąs

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ná- (around) + -z- (si-perfective 3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier)-bąs (neuter perfective stem of root -BĄ́Ą́Z, “to roll”)

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

názbąs

  1. it is circular, round

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is semantically limited to expression in the third person.

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

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Neuter perfective (si), third person only.

PERFECTIVE singular plural dist. plural
3rd person názbąs názbąs ńdaazbąs

Noun[edit]

názbąs

  1. a circle

Numeral[edit]

názbąs

  1. zero

The zero sense appears to have evolved in reference to the shape of the number, similar to oh in English usage.

Synonyms[edit]

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