noun physical_somatic_body_part


Proto-Siouan *wás- (?)


Hidatsa wáchiru ‘collar bone, clavicle’ [1s. poss.] J , máchiru, mawáchiru

Pre-Mandan *wa•šrihe

Mandan wáširihe ‘clavicle’ H:278 , tawáširi ‘his clavicle’ H:278

General comment

The Hidatsa form ends in the word for ‘bone’, leaving wác. The Mandan form is apparently unanalyzable. Hidatsa may well have borrowed the term from Mandan and folk etymologized the end.

Language Cognate Phonetic Siouan Meaning Comment Sources