naʼazhǫǫsh

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the name of the hoop-and-pole game, so called because the birch wood was used in the construction of the pole for the once popular hoop-and-pole game,[1] which often involved betting on the winners.

Noun[edit]

naʼazhǫǫsh

  1. (botany) birch (Betula utahensis, Betula occidentalis)
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Etymology 2[edit]

na- ‎(round about) + ʼa- ‎(something, someone, 3rd person indefinite objective-subject pronoun) + -zhǫǫsh ‎(to play the hoop-and-pole game, imperfective stem). Compare Chipewyan thųth ‎(spear)

Noun[edit]

naʼazhǫǫsh

  1. (games) the hoop-and-pole game
  2. the pole used in the hoop-and-pole game
  3. casino
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