The Passmaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
(expresses appreciative admiration) boy!, wow!, etc.; (expresses disgust) ugh!, yuck!
(used with numbers to indicate quantity or amount distributed) to each, per
s/he itches, has the itch
(see also entries beginning with iy-)
(conjunct forms only) where s/he stays
(see iyey)
s/he has it; s/he does it
s/he defends h/, comes to h/ defense, takes h/ side, sticks up for h/
s/he defends self; (ai+obj) s/he stands up against it
s/he does not correct h/ (child), does not discipline h/; s/he spoils h/ by backing h/ up when wrong
s/he supports or defends it
(verbally) s/he does not correct h/ (child), does not discipline h/; s/he spoils h/ by telling h/ to do something it is wrong to do
s/he defends it, sticks up for it
(see note at ihtoli)
what s/he does wrong
s/he has something belonging to h/
s/he is in place; it is h/ usual seat; it is the place where s/he is kept or where s/he belongs
it is in its place; it is its place, it is the place where it is kept or where it belongs
its place, the place where it belongs, the place where it sits
field used for cultivation
clinic, health center
it is always there, it belongs there
(candle, lamp, etc.) it is always lit there