twins (2)

person

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *nųpá-ita (?)

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere

Chiwere nuwéda , †nųwéda ‘twins’ JGT:265

Proto-Dhegiha *nǫpá-ita

Omaha-Ponca noⁿba ida, noⁿbeda , †nąba ida MAS:178

Osage noⁿbáda , †nǫpáta ‘twins’ [2 + born] LF:112a

Quapaw nąpátta ‘twins’ JOD

General comment

Cf. ‘two’. This pattern does not extend beyond DH and Chiwere and is transparent. The terms consist of ‘two’ and ‘born’ and could have been innovated separately.

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