shinbone

noun physical_somatic_body_part

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *i-chú•pa < *i-cVhú•pa

Crow ičhú•pa ‘shinbone’ GG:96 , itchú•pa

Hidatsa ichú•pa ‘shinbone’ J

Pre-Mandan

Mandan šú•pa ‘shinbone, ankle’ RTC

General comment

J Crow and Hidatsa aspirated c suggest that this form is bimorphemic, with the second morpheme beginning in h. This morpheme may be *hu•pa ‘stem’ q.v., here with its original (?) sense ‘(long) bone’ q.v also. This etymology is far from secure, and may represent nothing more than a folk “correction” of the form attested in Mandan.

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