Gardening Vocabulary (y-dialect)

Thanks to Audrey Logan for permission to use this 2011 FaceBook photo from the Wanipigow Garden and Trail Project (that’s master gardener Audrey in the hat on the far right).

In Winnipeg, the May long weekend is when the bedding plants are finally considered safe from frost: seems like a good time for gardening terms! Thanks to Solomon Ratt for corresponding audio: listen as you read the list! 

SROsyllabicEnglish
âhtaskicikanᐋᐦᑕᐢᑭᒋᑲᐣtransplant, transplanted vegetable
apoyᐊᐳᕀa shovel, 1. paddle 2. shovel, spade
apoyahikâkanisᐊᐳᔭᐦᐃᑳᑲᓂᐢhoe; shovel
ayahamᐊᔭᐦᐊᒼcover s.t. with earth; hoe s.t, hill s.t.
ayahikâkanᐊᔭᐦᐃᑳᑲᐣhoe, hiller, tool for covering potatoes with earth
ayahikâtêwᐊᔭᐦᐃᑳᑌᐤbe hilled, be covered with earth; be hoed [e.g. a garden]
ayahikêstamawêwᐊᔭᐦᐃᑫᐢᑕᒪᐍᐤhoe [it/him] for s.o.
ayahikêwᐊᔭᐦᐃᑫᐤhoe things, cover things with earth, hill things
ayahwêwᐊᔭᐦᐍᐤhoe s.o.; cover s.o. with earth
ayayihikanᐊᔭᔨᐦᐃᑲᐣhoe
ayicîminakᐊᔨᒌᒥᓇᐠpeas
cîhcîpicikêwᒌᐦᒌᐱᒋᑫᐤrake, scratch
iyinitôskâtâskᐃᔨᓂᑑᐢᑳᑖᐢᐠwild carrot
iyiniwacisᐃᔨᓂᐘᒋᐢbean, green bean
kâskikwâcikanisᑳᐢᑭᒁᒋᑲᓂᐢrake
kaskipicikanᑲᐢᑭᐱᒋᑲᐣ1. A small hand rake [garden tool].
kihci-okiniyᑭᐦᒋ ᐅᑭᓂᕀtomato
kiscikânisᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᐢgarden; vegetable, potato
kiscikêsiwᑭᐢᒋᑫᓯᐤplant seeds; have a small garden
kistikâcikanᑭᐢᑎᑳᒋᑲᐣseed, plant for transplanting
kistikânᑭᐢᑎᑳᐣgrain. Also grain field. field, arable land; farm; garden
kistikân-âpacihcikanᑭᐢᑎᑳᓈᐸᒋᐦᒋᑲᐣgarden tool
kistikâtamᑭᐢᑎᑳᑕᒼplant s.t, sow s.t.
kistikatamawawᑭᐢᑎᑲᑕᒪᐘᐤbe planted for him.
kistikatawᑭᐢᑎᑲᑕᐤbe planted [animate], as grain.
kistikâtêwᑭᐢᑎᑳᑌᐤ1. plant him [animate], as grain. 2. be planted [meaning a field]. be planted
kistikêwᑭᐢᑎᑫᐤplant or sows it, farm; plant things, seed things; harvest
macikwanâsᒪᒋᑿᓈᐢrubbish or weeds, garbage, rubbish; weed
mahcâminisᒪᐦᒑᒥᓂᐢkernel of corn
mahtâminᒪᐦᑖᒥᐣa cob of corn, corn, ear of corn, cob of corn; kernel of corn
mahtâminaskᒪᐦᑖᒥᓇᐢᐠcorn husk
mahtâmini-kistikânᒪᐦᑖᒥᓂ ᑭᐢᑎᑳᐣcorn field
mâmawaskitêwaᒫᒪᐘᐢᑭᑌᐘstand in a cluster [e.g. plants]
manipitamᒪᓂᐱᑕᒼobtain s.t. by pulling; pull s.t. out [e.g. tooth], pull s.t. loose, pull s.t. free, tear s.t. off; pick s.t. [i.e. a plant]
maskimocisᒪᐢᑭᒧᒋᐢbean; literally: "little bag"
mâwasakopicikanᒫᐘᓴᑯᐱᒋᑲᐣrake
mâwasakopicikêwᒫᐘᓴᑯᐱᒋᑫᐤrake things up
mâwasakopitamᒫᐘᓴᑯᐱᑕᒼrake s.t. in a heap, rake s.t. up
mâwasakopitêwᒫᐘᓴᑯᐱᑌᐤrake s.o. in a heap
mawisokopitewᒪᐏᓱᑯᐱᑌᐤrake them into a heap. Animate, as wheat.
mêscipitêwᒣᐢᒋᐱᑌᐤpull them out. Animate. As carrots from a garden, pull s.o. out entirely [e.g. carrots]
mîcîminakᒦᒌᒥᓇᐠpeas
mistikoskâtâskᒥᐢᑎᑯᐢᑳᑖᐢᐠdried up carrot, carrot that has gone wooden with age
mônahaskwêwᒨᓇᐦᐊᐢᑵᐤharvest; root
mônahikâkanᒨᓇᐦᐃᑳᑲᐣspade, shovel
mônahikêwᒨᓇᐦᐃᑫᐤharvest; dig, dig things
nihtâwikihcikanᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᐦᒋᑲᐣfield, garden
nihtâwikihcikanisᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᐦᒋᑲᓂᐢsmall field, small garden
nihtâwikihcikêwᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᐦᒋᑫᐤfarm, make a garden
okiniyᐅᑭᓂᕀa tomato. Also the term used for a rose bush berry, rose-bush berry, rose hip; thorn berry; tomato
okistikâniwᐅᑭᐢᑎᑳᓂᐤhave a wheat field or garden, have a field or garden
onihtâwikihcikaniwᐅᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᐦᒋᑲᓂᐤhave a field, garden
opakatinikêwᐅᐸᑲᑎᓂᑫᐤone who plants grain, a garden
osâwipakᐅᓵᐏᐸᐠpumpkin
oskâcâskosᐅᐢᑳᒑᐢᑯᐢcarrot
oskahtâminᐅᐢᑲᐦᑖᒥᐣyoung kernel [of corn] or stone [of fruit]
oskâtâskᐅᐢᑳᑖᐢᐠcarrot
otêhipakᐅᑌᐦᐃᐸᐠcabbage
paskopicikêwᐸᐢᑯᐱᒋᑫᐤbe plucking fowl or weeds from the garden
paskopitaᐸᐢᑯᐱᑕweed it.
paskopitamᐸᐢᑯᐱᑕᒼweed it, pluck s.t. [weeds]
pêpêskôminaᐯᐯᐢᑰᒥᓇpepper beans
pimâcihtâwᐱᒫᒋᐦᑖᐤmake it live. keep s.t. alive [e.g. a plant]
pîmiciwacisᐲᒥᒋᐘᒋᐢbean
pîsi-kiscikânisᐲᓯ ᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᐢvegetable; seed
pîsi-kiscikânisi-mêskanâsᐲᓯ ᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᓯ ᒣᐢᑲᓈᐢgarden row
pîwi-kiscikânisᐲᐏ ᑭᐢᒋᑳᓂᐢvegetable
pîwi-kistikânᐲᐏ ᑭᐢᑎᑳᐣvegetable garden
pohciwêpahamᐳᐦᒋᐍᐸᐦᐊᒼsweep it in with an object. shovel s.t. in
pohciwêpahwêwᐳᐦᒋᐍᐸᐦᐍᐤshovel s.o. in
sikopicikanᓯᑯᐱᒋᑲᐣharrows for tilling the soil.
sikwatisikanᓯᑿᑎᓯᑲᐣa disc for tilling the ground.
wîpâcikinᐑᐹᒋᑭᐣgrow out of place, grow wild, grow as a weed

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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