tooth (2)

physical_somatic_body_part

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *í•h-Sa (?)

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *ihša

Crow ihtá ‘molar, eye tooth’ GG:75, RGG:72

Hidatsa í•šša ‘tooth’ J

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo *í•hsa (?)

Biloxi iⁿsú, iⁿ´su , †įsu ‘tooth’ D&S:203a

Ofo ī´fha , †í•fha ‘tooth’ D&S:323b, JSS

General comment

Although the fricatives do not correspond properly, and true cognacy of this set therefore remains in question, this appears, at least superficially, to be another *hs > fh case in Ofo. The southeastern languages lose initial h- routinely, so this form could be related to ‘tooth (1), edge, point’.

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