This entry contains Proto-Algonquian reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.




  1. berry; small fruit

Usage notesEdit

  • This root occurs frequently as the second element in the compound names of various kinds of berry, but also occurred as an independent, general word for berry/small fruit.
  • The root ended in either i or a. In compounds, it was preceded by i. The full root, in other words, was either (-i)mina or (-i)mini.

Derived termsEdit


  • Abenaki: min- (berry; fruit, seed)
  • Cheyenne: mene (berry; fruit)
  • Cree: mînis / ᒦᓂᐢ ((wild) berry or fruit)
  • Malecite-Passamaquoddy: min (berry)
  • Mi'kmaq: minijg (berry; fruit, nut)
  • Unami: min


  • Goddard 1982
  • David Costa, The Miami-Illinois Language (2003)
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