The entries in the Northern Embera dictionary consist of a headword followed by the abbreviation for the part of speech. This is followed by one or more definitions separated by semi-colons. The definitions may be followed by the abbreviation comp, meaning comparison, indicating a related word.
baido s. agua; líquido claro comp: b̶a.
When the headword has several distinct meanings, each one is numbered and defined in Spanish. The example below has a variation in orthography listed just after the headword. Two different definitions are listed for the headword.
awáya (var. ort. awaaya) 1) v.t. cargar algo pesado; cargar en el hombro 2) dejarse llevar por la corriente del río comp: waya 1.