The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
s/he is troublesome, stirs up trouble
it is troublesome
s/he tangles it (sweetgrass, hair, etc.)
s/he stirs up h/ emotions, disturbs h/, flusters h/, upsets h/
(expresses disappointment related to a coincidence; see examples) it would have to ...
road, street; route
he makes a road in her (euphemism for sexual penetration, especially a woman's first time)
also that one (away from speaker and person spoken to; yonder)
also that one (away from speaker and person spoken to; yonder)
and even, and besides, and also; including even
also this one
(see also entries beginning with ahc-, uc-, ut)
(bird, various species) sandpiper
s/he charges it (battery)
tree-stump; butt end of log (when separated from log)
moss or lichen (species uncertain); (possibly, various species of lichen, genus Usnea) old man's beard
s/he has a cold or catarrh
nasal mucus (liquid or dried)
s/he has nasal mucus on face, hands, clothes, etc.
(cloth, handkerchief, garment) it is covered with nasal mucus
h/ clothes have nasal mucus on them; (garment) s/he is covered with nasal mucus
mucus is coming out of h/ nose