skinny, thin

verb perceptual

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *xaráhe

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *xaráxxi

Crow xaláxxi ‘skinny’ GG:60, RGG:98

Hidatsa xaráxxi ‘thin, skinny’ H&V

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *xra

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere *xra

Chiwere xláñį ‘hunger’ GM

Hoocąk -xara ‘thin’ KM:3858 , -xara

Proto-Dhegiha *xra

Kanza/Kaw xlá ‘skinny’ RR

Osage xtha , †xlá ‘emaciate, loss of flesh, waste away’ LF:219b

Quapaw xdá ‘skinny’ ASG, RR

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi snáhi , †snáhi ‘slim, slender’ D&S:256b

General comment

Biloxi shows a different fricative grade. Biloxi also provides evidence for final *h, which might explain the Crow -xx- < *-xhi (?). Then again, the inexplicable Proto-Crow-Hidatsa may simply be some archaic version of reduplication. If this term is like others with the Proto-Siouan shape *Sará-, the second a should be long, with evidence for the length retained in Crow and Hidatsa. Here Crow/Hidatsa have closed syllables which may have served to shorten the vowel. This would imply Proto-Siouan *xará•he.

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