tmakwa

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Etymology[edit]

Literally "tree-cutter", from tamezô- ("to cut") + a root meaning "tree" (compare temanakw, "broken tree"). The vowel between the first two consonants (t/d and m) is written especially in Eastern Abenaki.

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tmakwa ‎(animate, plural tmakwak)

  1. a beaver (literally "tree-cutter": flat-tailed aquatic mammal which gnaws down trees)
    • 1884, Joseph Laurent, New Familiar Abenakis and English Dialogues, page 195:
      N’namihô tmakwa.
      I see a beaver.

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