The Passmaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
(see also entries beginning with oq-)
quahog
s/he gathers driftwood (larger pieces, on shore or floating)
piece of driftwood
clay
something made of clay; (animate, pottery) clay pot, dish, bowl, etc.
clay or adobe house
it is clay-colored, it is gray
s/he is clay-colored, s/he is gray
quart dipper
quarter-hour; (period of play; phase of moon) quarter
(archaic) longhouse; dance hall
beaver (Castor canadensis)
beaver pelt
beaver dam
something made from beaver pelt
wood chip left by beaver
beaver lodge
bead
s/he beads
s/he, it has beads sewn on
earwax
hamper for dirty clothes and linens
(cloth, paper) it is dirty, is soiled
h/ clothing is dirty or soiled; (garment, clothing) s/he is dirty, is soiled