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racket
n
make a racket
ombiigweweshin vai s/he makes a racket

Paired with: ombiigwewesin vii

ombiigwewesin vii it makes a racket

Paired with: ombiigweweshin vai

radiant
adj
radiant
waaseyaa vii it is bright, is light (as in the day), is radiant; it is sunny

Paired with: waasezi vai

waasezi vai the sun shines, is bright, is light, is radiant

Paired with: waaseyaa vii

radio
n
radio
bizindamowin ni a radio

bizindamoo-makak ni a radio

radish
n
radish
wiisagi-jiisens ni a radish

wiisagijiibikoons ni a radish

rafter
n
rafter
abanzh ni a lodge pole; a rafter

rag
n
rag
bagiwayaanish ni (a piece of) cloth, a rag

rain
n
  • The basic word for "rain" is a verb gimiwan
  • Verbs describing different ways of raining usually have a final element /-biisaa/ (Border Lakes and further north /-biisaan/) combined with an initial element describing the nature or direction of the rain. Some examples are: maajibiisaa or maajibisaan "it starts to rain" and animibiisaa or animibiisaan "rain goes away". 
  • Verbs describing the sounds of rain have an element /-wewe-/ between the initial and the final /-biisaa/ or /-biisaan/. An example is biidwewebiisaa or biidwewebiisaan "rain is heard coming". These are shown below under the heading RAIN IS HEARD.
  • All rain verbs are of the VII type and occur without subjects. 
big drops of rain
mamaangibiisaa vii there are big drops of rain

cold rain
dakibiisaa vii it is cold rain

See also: dakibiisaan vii [BL]

dakibiisaan vii [BL] it is cold rain

See also: dakibiisaa vii

hear rain
madwebiisaa vii rain is audible, "you" can hear the rain

See also: madwebiisaan vii

madwebiisaan vii rain is audible, "you" can hear the rain

See also: madwebiisaa vii

light rain
biisibiisaa vii there is light rain, drizzle; it is drizzling

See also: biisibiisaan vii [BL]

rain is on the way
bagamibiisaa vii rain is on the way

bagamibiisaan vii rain is on the way

See also: bagamibiisaa vii

rain comes
biijibiisaa vii rain comes

See also: biijibiisaan vii [BL]

biijibiisaan vii [BL] rain comes

See also: biijibiisaa vii

rain comes from a certain way
onjibiisaa vii rain comes from a certain way

rain comes inside
biindigebiisaa vii rain comes inside

rain goes a certain way
izhibiisaa vii rain goes a certain way

rain goes along
bimibiisaa vii rain goes along, a rain squall passes by

See also: bimibiisaan vii [BL]

bimibiisaan vii [BL] rain goes along, a rain squall passes by

See also: bimibiisaa vii

rain goes away
animibiisaa vii rain goes away

See also: animibiisaan vii [BL]

animibiisaan vii [BL] rain goes away

See also: animibiisaa vii

rain is over
ishkwaabiisaa vii the rain is over

See also: ishkwaabiisaan vii [BL]

ishkwaabiisaan vii [BL] the rain is over

See also: ishkwaabiisaa vii

rain lets up
gibichibiisaa vii the rain lets up

rain pours down
bangibiisaa vii it is a cloudburst; the rain pours down

See also: bangibiisaan vii [BL]

bangibiisaan vii [BL] it is a cloudburst; the rain pours down

rain stops
boonibiisaa vii it stops raining, the rain stops

sprinkling rain
awanibiisaa vii it is misty, there is sprinkling rain

warm rain
giizhoobiisaa vii it is warm rain

RAIN IS HEARD
rain is heard
madwebiisaa vii rain is audible, "you" can hear the rain

See also: madwebiisaan vii

madwebiisaan vii rain is audible, "you" can hear the rain

See also: madwebiisaa vii

rain is heard coming
biidwewebiisaa vii [MN] rain is heard coming

See also: biidwewebiisaan vii

biidwewebiisaan vii rain is heard coming

See also: biidwewebiisaa vii [MN]

rain is heard going a certain way
inwewebiisaa vii [MN] the rain sounds a certain way

See also: inwewebiisaan vii [BL]

inwewebiisaan vii [BL] the rain sounds a certain way

See also: inwewebiisaa vii [MN]

rain is loud
gizhiiwewebiisaa vii the rain is loud

See also: gizhiiwewebiisaan vii [BL]

gizhiiwewebiisaan vii [BL] the rain is loud

See also: gizhiiwewebiisaa vii

rain sounds nice
minwewebiisaan vii [BL] the rain sounds nice

rain
vi
  • The basic word for "rain" is a verb gimiwan
  • Verbs describing different ways of raining usually have a final element /-biisaa/ (Border Lakes and further north /-biisaan/) combined  with an initial element describing the nature or direction of the rain. Some examples are: maajibiisaa or maajibisaan "it starts to rain" and animibiisaa or animibiisaan "rain goes away". 
  • All rain verbs are of the VII type and occur without subjects.
rain
gimiwan vii it rains

rain without stopping
aabijibiisaa vii it rains without stopping

start raining
maajibiisaa vii it starts raining

See also: maajibiisaan vii [BL]

maajibiisaan vii [BL] it starts raining

See also: maajibiisaa vii

stop raining
boonibiisaa vii it stops raining, the rain stops

rainbow
n
rainbow
nagweyaab ni a rainbow

raincloud
n
raincloud
gimiwanaanakwad ni a rain cloud