vermin (2)

noun animal_insect

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *wa-krúS-ka

Pre-Mandan wá•kruxka

Mandan wá•kiruxkaʔ RTC , snake, worm, snail

Proto-Mississipi-Valley

Proto-Dhegiha *(wa)krǘška RR

Omaha-Ponca žągðiška ‘wood bug’ F&LF:106 , wagðíška ‘bugs’ F&LF:106 , wagríška RR

Kanza/Kaw walǘška

Osage wagthúshka , †walǘška ‘bug, worm, insect’ LF:190b

Quapaw wakdíška RR

General comment

This root occurs with the absolutive prefix and the qualifier suffix.

The Dakotan form Lakota wablúška ‘insect’ (C), Dakota wamdúška ‘snake’ (R) appears to be a blend with ‘vermin (1)’: *-pus- > *-prus- *-krus-

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