squirrel (2)

noun animal_rodent

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi nsûkí, nasŭkí, nasŭ´k, nsûk , †nasəki ‘squirrel’ D&S:238b , inckeʔ , †nasəki MRH , Inṭskeʔ , †nasəki MS

Ofo tóstạkĭ , †tóstəki D&S:331a

Proto-Tutelo-Saponi

Tutelo nistāqkai , †nista•xkai ‘squirrel’ H

General comment

This may be a case of the intrusive -t- in both Ofo and Tutelo or loss in Biloxi. Cf. ‘squirrel (1)’. The various irregularities plus the geographical distribution of this form make this a likely diffused form.

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