frog (2)

noun animal_amphibian

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *(w)ahpeSka

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *pheška

Proto-Dakota *phešká

Lakota phešká ‘air bladder of a fish’ EB:442a

Dakota peśká ‘air bladder of a fish’ SRR:420a

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere

Chiwere pésge , †pheske ‘a small green tree frog’ JGT:55

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi pĕská, apĕska , †apeska ‘small frog species’ D&S:244b

General comment

pes- refers to a high pitched sound. The tree frog says pĕs, pĕs, pĕs; cf. Biloxi pĕsdoti ‘flute’.

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