níłchʼi

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From níchʼi ‎(to blow, perfective) + -ł- ‎(classifier), from -chʼi ‎(perfective verb stem describing the movement of a current of air), from Proto-Athabaskan *tshʼʷɨy, from Pre-Proto-Athabaskan *kʼʷɨy ‎(wind blows). An air current is conceived as a moving thing, and the perfective form marking its arrival is the equivalent of the English present progressive “it is blowing.”

Noun[edit]

níłchʼi

  1. air, breeze, wind
    “the air or atmosphere in its entirety, including such air when in motion, conceived as having a holy quality and powers that are not acknowledged in Western culture” — McNeley, James. Holy Wind in Navajo Philosophy. Arizona: University of Arizona Press, 1981
  2. gas
    níłchʼi łikoníflammable gas
  3. spirit, benevolent spirits

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