ᎧᎹᎹ

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Cherokee[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Iroquoian *kahnaːwẽːh. Sense of elephant comes from observation of flapping ears as similar to butterfly wings.[1]

Noun[edit]

ᎧᎹᎹ (kamama)

  1. butterfly
  2. elephant

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellison, George (May 16, 2007), “Cherokee language and zoology”, in Smoky Mountain News[1]