The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

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Entry Definition
(river, bay, etc.) it narrows
it is narrow field, it is belt of land (e.g., green-belt)
s/he cuts it in narrow strip(s)
(see also entries beginning with ut-)
s/he sweeps h/ (e.g., wood-shaving); (figuratively) s/he wins everything from h/
(dirt, dust; floor, sidewalk) it is swept
s/he sweeps it (floor, sidewalk); s/he sweeps it up (dirt, dust)
s/he sweeps or sweeps up something belonging to h/
s/he sweeps
(railroad) caboose
s/he hits h/ with broom
s/he hits it with broom
turtle, tortoise
s/he hunts or traps turtles
female turtle or tortoise; (in story) turtle woman
(bird, Haliaeetus leucocephalus) bald eagle; (military) colonel
h/ hair is knotted up (in order to curl it, or from being tangled)
s/he knots h/ hair (in order to curl it); s/he tangles h/ hair in knots
s/he tangles h/ into knots (rope, shoelace, etc.)
s/he knots it (sweetgrass, hair, etc.)
(something string-like) it becomes tangled
s/he tangles h/ by handling h/ (rope, etc.)
knot (in rope, etc.)
s/he ties it (knot)