The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
they haggle or bargain with each other; they chaffer
s/he bargains with h/
s/he tattoos something belonging to h/ (body part)
snake
there are a lot of snakes there
(fruit of Sanicula marilandica) black snakeroot berry; (fruit of plant of genus Actaea) baneberry
s/he sees it as snakelike; (in translation) it looks like snake to h/
(flowers of Chelone glabra) turtlehead, balmony
s/he turns into snake
good-bye, farewell, adieu
s/he says good-bye to h/, bids h/ farewell, bids h/ adieu
(skin) it is wrinkled
s/he transplants h/
s/he transplants
(gardener, farmer) s/he transplants it
s/he transplants something belonging to h/ (plant)
s/he transplants h/
s/he transplants it
(gardener, farmer) s/he transplants
s/he strains self (injures muscles)
s/he has wrinkles or crow's feet on face
s/he drives it to different location
story, legend
s/he tells story about h/
s/he tells story about it