Appendix:Proto-Algonquian/mo·swa

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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.

Proto-Algonquian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

*mo·swa

  1. moose

Descendants[edit]

  • 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 (borrowed from one of the Eastern Algonquian languages)

References[edit]

  • Siebert (1967)
  • Howard Berman, A Restriction on the Shape of Proto-Algonquian Nouns, in the International Journal of American Linguistics, volume 58, number 3 (July 1992), pages 321-323
  • Hewson (1993)
  • David Costa, The Miami-Illinois Language (ISBN 0803215142, 2003)
  • Online Etymology Dictionary