Cheyenne is descriptive

Cheyennes frequently point out that their language is descriptive. Here are some interesting descriptive words in Cheyenne:

Cheyenne, English, Literal meaning

amâhohe'hestôtse, car, burns.as.goes.along-thing
ame'hahtôtse, airplane along-flying-thing
eškôseese-hotame, pig, sharp-nosed-dog
eškôsenéhe, greyhound, sharp-nosed-one
heva'xevetoo'o, skillet/frying pan, tail-container
hohta'hane-mâheo'o, courthouse, tell.story-house
hohtova-mâheo'o, store, buy-house
homôse-mâheo'o, kitchen, cook-house
hoo'xevavôxe'êstoo'o, newspaper, announce-paper
ka'enê-hotame, bulldog, short-nosed-dog
kâhkoetohko, plate, thin-container
ma'aatae-meo'o, railroad, iron-road
ma'heone-eestse-mâheo'o, church, holy-speak-house
ma'kaatae-mâheo'o, bank, money-house
ma'xê-amohvôhto'hestôtse, truck, big-haul-thing
ma'xê-heove-amâho'hestôtse, bus, big-yellow-car
mâsêhanee-mâheo'o, insane asylum, crazy-house
Me'šeese-ve'ho'e, Mexican, hairy-nosed-whiteman (hairy-nosed = moustached)
mo'ehno'hame-mâheo'o, barn, horse-house
mo'ôhtavê-hohpe, coffee, black-broth
môxe'êstone-mâheo'o, school, write-house
môxe'êstonestôtse, pencil, write-thing
môxe'êstoone-mâheo'o, post office, letter-house
naa'e-mâheo'o, hospital, doctor-house
nêhpoeseo'o, curtain, obstruct-hang(.thing)
nemenestôtse, radio/stereo/piano, sing-thing
notâxe-mâheonôtse, barracks, warrior-houses
ôhtaene-mâheo'o, hotel/motel, stay.overnight-house
seotse-amâho'hestôtse, hearse, corpse-car
šeešestôtse, bed, lie.down-thing
taxe'seestôtse, chair, upon-sit.thing
taxe-mesêhestôtse, table, upon-eat.thing
too'êhe-mâheo'o, jail, tied.up-house
vehpotse-hohpe, tea, leaf-broth
vehpôxe'êstoo'o, paper box/cardboard box, empty-paper
véhone-ma'kaata, gold, chief-metal
ve'ho'e-maahe, bullet, whiteman-arrow
ve'ho'eotoao'o, cows/cattle, whiteman-buffaloes
vohpoma'ôhtse, salt, white-dirt

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