spring (water) (1)

noun physical_substance

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *nįsnį (?)

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere

Chiwere ñyíthrinhji , †nį́θrįhji ‘spring’ JGT:238

Proto-Dhegiha *nį-snį́

Kanza/Kaw nįhnį́ ‘well, pump’ JOD, MR

Osage ni-çni´ , †nįsnį́ ‘spring of cold water’ LF:106

Quapaw nį́ snį ‘spring’ RR

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi aní snihí , †anį́ snįhí ‘spring’ D&S:173a

General comment

water’ + ‘cold’. May be an areal feature here, or might be simply a parallel innovation. Omaha-Ponca nihąga is partly cognate.

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