egg

noun animal

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *itká

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *ihká

Crow ihká ‘egg’ RG, GG:74

Hidatsa ihká ‘egg’ J

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *itká

Proto-Dakota *(wa-)itká

Lakota itká ‘egg, testicle’ RTC , wítka ‘egg’ RTC

Stoney wį́kta ‘egg’ PAS

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere *í•tke

Chiwere ʔíhǰe ‘egg’ RR

Hoocąk hiičgé ‘egg’ KM:873 , hiicge

Proto-Dhegiha *(wa-)íhta

Omaha wittá ‘egg’

Ponca wéʔtą ‘egg’ RR

Kanza/Kaw ittá ‘egg’ RR

Osage báṭa , †páhta ‘egg’ LF:24a

Quapaw sikkwittá ‘hen’s egg’ RR

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo *įt-

Biloxi ma•xę•teʔ ‘hen’s egg’ MRH , mąxę•teʔ, maxeʔęteʔ MS , iⁿtí, iⁿdí , †įtí ‘egg’ D&S:203b , o iⁿté , †įtí ‘fish egg’

Ofo iⁿ´tu, ĭⁿ´tu , †į́tu ‘egg’ D&S:325a

Proto-Catawba

Catawba witką ‘chicken’ KS, FGS

General comment

Chiwere and DH show reflexes of the usual *tk > kt > ht. The forms with initial w may reflect addition of the absolutive wa- or an old word for ‘bird’ *wą which appears in ‘swallow (bird)’, ‘crow > raven’, ‘bird (1)’, and ‘bird > game bird, turkey’. The latter term may also account for sporadic nasalization of the first syllable.

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