friend (3)

verb social

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Biloxi tĕnaxí, tenáx, tĕnaxiyáⁿ , †tenaxi ‘friend’ D&S:274a

Ofo aktā´tci , †aktá•či D&S:320a, JSS

Proto-Tutelo-Saponi

Tutelo witāhe, witaqā H , eṭaqéĕ, hiṭaqéĕ, wiṭaqéĕ; aⁿṭaq , †itaxé• ‘his, your, my friend; o friend’ HW

General comment

These strikingly similar SE forms are not obviously cognate. The set suggests diffusion.

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