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Reconstruction:Proto-Algonquian/mo·swa

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This Proto-Algonquian entry contains 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.

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Proto-AlgonquianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Literally "it strips", referring to the way the animal eats (by stripping bark off trees).

NounEdit

*mo·swa

  1. moose

DescendantsEdit

  • Plains Algonquian:
    • possibly Cheyenne mō'e (elk); compare mehe (cow, doe (female buffalo or deer))
  • Central Algonquian:
  • Eastern Algonquian:
    • Abenaki: moz
    • Penobscot: mos
    • Malecite-Passamaquoddy: mus
    • Massachusett: moos, mws
    • Narragansett: moos
    • Mohegan-Pequot: mos
    • Mahican: mo-ose
    • Lenape/Delaware:
  • English: moose (from one of the Eastern Algonquian languages)

ReferencesEdit

  • Siebert (1967)
  • Berman, Howard (1992), “A Restriction on the Shape of Proto-Algonquian Nouns”, in International Journal of American Linguistics, volume 58, issue 3, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, JSTOR 3519790
  • Hewson (1993)
  • Costa, David J. (2003) The Miami-Illinois Language (Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas), Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803215142
  • Online Etymology Dictionary