hickory

noun plant

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *yą-su

Proto-Dakota *čhąsú

Lakota caŋsú , †čhąsú ‘hickory nut, hickory wood’ EB:123a

Dakota ćaŋsú ‘hickory nut, hickory tree’ SRR:92a

Proto-Dhegiha

Omaha-Ponca nóⁿçi , †ną́si ‘hickory’

General comment

Not related to the DH žązi ‘yellow wood’ words. Cf. ‘hickory nut’.

-su perhaps < sutá (B-459a) ‘hard, enduring, unyielding’. Omaha-Ponca is interesting because it uses the old doublet for žą- ‘wood’, namely ną-, to form this compound. The same doublet is found in Kanza/Kaw and Osage at the very least.

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