More Animal Names Beginning with ts-

More Wyandot Animal Names Beginning with -ts or -s


tsuˀngyatęˀah                          mouse


ts-                    repetitive

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-ˀngy-               possible noun root – fingers

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tę-                   possible verb root – possibly – rise up or dry

-ˀ-                     stative aspect

-ah                   diminutive aspect suffix



tsahkwaˀah[1]                            bear cub



tsamęhuhiˀ                                      eagle, osprey[2]



skęˀkwaˀa[3]                               bobcat



[1] This word appears to add a -tsi- to a word that is cognate with the terms for bear in Cayuga (Froman et al 2002:25), Mohawk (Michelson 1973:51), Oneida (Michelson and Doxtator 2002:902), Onondaga (Woodbury 2003:1451), Tuscarora (Rudes 1997:552).

[2] As Tsawenhohi in Wendat, this was a revered chief name for several generations in the 17th and 19th centuries.

[3] For ‘wildcat’ the folk etymology developed for skęˀkwaˀa is “brave although small” (Barbeau 1960:272 #31).  This is not a translation of the name, just a description of the animal.

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