star (1)

noun physical_celestial_body

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *įtka

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *ihka

Crow ihká ‘star’ GG:74, RGG:6

Hidatsa íhka ‘star’ J

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi íⁿtka, iⁿtká , †įtka D&S:203b

Ofo oⁿtaskĕ´, ontaskĕ´, óⁿtaske , †ątaske D&S:328a

Proto-Tutelo-Saponi

Tutelo tabunītçkai; tapniñskai , †taburį•čkai N, H

General comment

The Ofo and Tutelo forms resemble the established cognates here, but contain numerous irregularities. The similarities between ‘egg’ and ‘star (1)’ led Matthews (1958:125) to consider them a single etymon. We have chosen to regard ‘egg’ and ‘star (1)’ as a case of homophony rather than polysemy.

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