buzzard (1)

noun animal_bird


Proto-Siouan *hé•-


Hidatsa hé•wi ‘buzzard, vulture’ J

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *he•ká

Proto-Dakota *hečá

Lakota hečá RTC

Dakota †hečá ‘buzzard’ SRR:140b

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere *hé•ke

Chiwere hé•ge ‘buzzard’ JDH , hégara ‘buzzard’ JGT:25

Hoocąk heegé ‘buzzard’ KM:786 , heeg ‘swan’ KM:792 , héex , heex

Proto-Dhegiha *heká

Omaha-Ponca hegá ‘buzzard’ RR

Kanza/Kaw hegá ‘buzzard’ RR

Osage heká ‘buzzard’ RR

Quapaw hekattǫ́ka ‘buzzard’ RR


Proto-Biloxi-Ofo *hé•xka

Biloxi ĕ´xka, hĕ´xka , †héxka D&S:191b

Ofo é̄skha , †é•skha ‘buzzard’ D&S:323a, JSS


Saponi Hickōto- , †hik- ‘buzzard (creek)’ Byrd

General comment

Cf. ‘buzzard (2)’ and ‘buzzard (3)’. Hidatsa vis-à-vis MVS suggests a morpheme he• with different suffixes. In MVS the suffix was presumably the -ka which turns up in so many nominal derivations. Hoocąk is interesting in that it suggests two, possibly related, forms: he• beside he•x. The latter seems to appear with the -ka suffix in Proto-Biloxi-Ofo. Mandan wį́rąk kahéka ‘green heron’ (H-292) means literally ‘sun-looking bird’, from the root he ‘to see’, and thus would not belong here.

Other languages

  • Choctaw: šeki Byington
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