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béégashii bitsį'


beh gah shee bih tsih

English translation: beef. The word actually translates to “a cow – its meat.” So this is more like two words.

Béégashii is the Navajo word for cow, or cattle. The latter part of the phrase, bitsį’, uses the bi- suffix to mean “he” or “it” along with the word -tsį’, which means meat (atsį’).

Here’s a quick info-bit: the Apache language and the Navajo language share similar words for cow — the Apache word using the “maa” sound in place of the Navajo “béé” sound.

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