Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language (cohanna_b.htm)

Tsalagi (Cherokee) Language

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The first column is the English word, with the second column being the Tsalagi (Cherokee) word. I cannot guarantee accuracy here, only that I have done the very best that I could. Of course it is inevitable that the Eastern as well as the Western dialects are intermingled. Any additions, or Corrections will be gratefully accepted and will be recognized here.

This page was updated on 7/5/99



B

baby

usdi

baby (little)

u sdi?i

baby deer

awanita

back up

ha si nu ga

bacon

ha `wi `ya - u ga `yo sv

bad

usga astu - not so good - abbrev. uyai, uyoi

bad omen

u da le hi

Bad Spirit

Sgina

Bad Spirits

AniSgina

bad young man

tsunadi usgaseti

badger

uguna

bag

degalodi

bait

ga?di

bald mtn top

uda wagvta

ball

anetsa - for playing anetsa

ball (lead bullet)

guna

ball play

anetsa - little brother to war

ball player

anetsa unaski

ball stick

anetsa tagalode

ballground

anetsa gada

banana

qua ne na

baneberry

udai

bank (stream)

amayi stuni

barber

ditastayesgi - cutter

bark

tsuwaluka

barrel

svdoni

Bartlesville

gugu

basket

talu'tsi

baskets

ditalu'tsi

bass (fish)

unoga

bat

tlameha, tlamaha

batter

asugedi

bay

v da li (also lake or pond)

bead

adela

beads

diadela

Bean

Du ya

beans

tu ya

bear

yona, yonv

bear grass

saiquayi - yucca

bear meat

yona hawiya

beard

ahanulahu - face hair

beautiful

uwoduhi

beaver

dayi, doyi

beaver dam

dayihvsgi - beaver made it

bed

ga ni hli, atsista - place to sleep

bed bug

galuisdi

bedroom

a sv sti - ka nv su lv

bee

gasgoya, wadulisi

Beech tree

gu sv tlu gv I

beef

ha 'wi `ya - wa ga

beetle (snapping)

tuluskuwa , tsulusguwa - snaps his head

beewax

wadulesi galu - honey container

before

igvyiditlv

behind

oniditlv

Believe

A quo hi yu

Believed

A quo hi yu nv

Will believe

Da go hi yu ni

bell

ahaluni, halvni

beloved

agigau

below

eladi - and lower

belt

adatlosdi

bench

ganvhidv gasgilo

beside

uliditlv

best (excellent(plural)

wido:sv - people, animals or things

best (excellent(singular)

wo:sv - people, animals or things

best of all

astu tsigi

better

da tse hla

between

ayeli

Bible

goweli uhagedv

big

egwa - see also great

big (around)

u'tana'

Yonaegwa

Big Bear

Big spoon

E qua di do di

bigger

utanidi

birch tree

dalonega ada - yellow wood

bird

tsiskwa

Birth

U de nv

birthday

udetiyisgvi

bite

adaskalutsi

bitter

tsunatsayasti

black

gvnega, gvnagei

black bear

gvnigeyona

black bear that stands

gvnigeyona aledi

black drink

gvnega adatasti - coffee, also gowe

black fox

inali

black snake (large)

gulega

black snake (small)

ukasuhi

blackberry

ka nu gal hi, ganugala, kanuga - scratcher

blackbird

gvnega tsiskwa, tsisqualisda

black-eyed susan

awiakata, awiakta - deer's eye

Black racer

adogiyasginadv

Blackskunk

dilagvnagei

Blacksnake

Galesi

blanket

unaguhu, tsusquanvni, u ne gv ha ? i

blind

digewi

blood

giga, gigahai, gigv

blood brother

danitaga

blood taker

gigadanegisgi

bloody fellow

yvwigiga

Bloody Ground

Gonada Gigahai - see also Kentucky

Bloody Man

Asgayagiga - personal male name

bloody mouth

gigatsuhali - having blood at the corners of his mouth, a lizard

blouse

ageyv gadui unuwogi

blow

ha jo ta

blowgun

tugawesti

blowgun darts

gitsi

blue

sahani, sakonige

bluebird

tsaquo'lade, tsaquoladagi

bluejay

tlai?ga, tlay'ku

boat

tsiyu

bobcat

gvhe

body (my)

tsiyelvi

bone

dalu

book

di go hwe li, gohwela, goweli

borrowed

agatalista

both

i tsu la

bottle

gugu

bouncing

kasti

bow (hunting)

gatsodi, galotsadi, galitsadi

bow and arrows

gatsodi ale goni, gatsodi ale guni

bow string

gatsodi dadi

Bowl

Diwali -Texas Cherokee Chief lived 1756-1839

bowl (large)

diwali

bowl (small)

tusti

box

kanesai, ganesai

boy

atsutsa , uwagiatustsa

boys

anitsutsa

brain

u nv tsi da

brain

unvtsida

branch (stream)

usdi geyvqua, stewayi

branch (tree)

usdi uwanigalv

brass

tsuyi, vtsaiyi

brave

uletsuyasti

bread

`ga du

bread(baked)

gatu, gadu

breath

vlita - long winded

breech clout

gatola yatusulo

breeder

dinusgi

briar

kanutsu, kanuga

briar bush

kanugula

bridge

a sv 'tlv i

Brier Place

Kanugulayi

bright

utsistalu gisgi

Broad ax

dvnagaluyasdi

broom

gvnosasdi

brother (blood)

danitaga

brother (friend)

diganeli

brother (sibling)

dinadanvtli - born like me, same mother

Brother (sibling of opposite sex)

U do

brother (sibling)

vginili - elder of female

Brothers (orator use)

Vgineli, Digineli

brothers (sibling)

edaditlunutsi - we, sons of the same mother

brothers (sibling)

tsvkinatli - younger of male

brothers (sibling)

tsvkita - younger of female

brown

wadigai, wudige

buck (male deer)

galagina

bucket

talugisgi goyinusdi ama

buffalo

yan sa, yvsu

bug

diganawali

bugleweed

aniwani'ski

building (the act of)

anesgeha

bull

tsu ka nv sde na, tsukanastati

bullet

guna, guni

bullfrog

kan'nuna

Bullhead

Uskwalena - personal male name

burden

asgwalihu - see also pack

burn

atsila

but

ale

butter

gotlvhnv - made of milk

butterfly

kamama

buttocks

tigwali

buzzard

su li

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