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Vocabulary Words in Native American Languages: Caquetio

The Caquetio language is nearly unattested. It is believed to have been an Arawakan language, related to living languages like Guajiro and Arawak. Here is a wordlist recorded in 1882 by Alphonse Pinart:

Nouns, verbs and sentences.

adamudu: rain
bāru xantu uōu: to ask for something to eat
danshikki, danshēbu: tack, pouch
datiē!: be gone!
kāfa: devil, wicked spirit
kanla (?kaula): thing, object
kantie baulēte!: give me to eat!
karebe: spoon
xaba dōboxedan guayete!: sit down!
xida mēo!: good morning!
xomoi: phantom, hobgoblin
xute kontābo?: how do you do?
totumba, waidānga: water-gourd.

Names given to Aruban mountains and heights :

Aiyo, Behika, Cukūroi, Handebirari, Kasinari, Kibaima, Kodekodēktu, Matīvidiri, Shabururi, Shiribana, Tarabana, Wakubana, Yabarubari, Yamanota.

Names of Aruban caves:

Matīvidiri, Warerūkuri, Waririkiri.

Names of Aruban places ("endroits") :

Antikūri, Arikurari, Bedūi, Bushiribani (?), Cūbari, Damāri, Hendieku, Kamakūri, Kashiunti, Kausheati, Kassibari, Warirūri, Webūri, Yuditi.

Names of Aruban trees :

dabaraida , hubādā tarabada.

Names of plants :

dividivi: fruit of Sapindus coriaria
jobo: Spondias lutea
kadushi: Cerent laniginosus
kipopo: Agaricus
lokiloki: Mimosa unguiscata
makura: Abrus prccatorius
nandu: Cytisus catjan
shimaruko: Malpighia glabra
surun: Cratera gunandra
takamahak: Ragara octandra
tuturutu: Robinia pulcherrima
watapana: Sapindus coriaria
yoroyoro: Therelia neriflora.

Names of fish :

ginga: Diodon atinga
karmā-u: Characinus cyprinioides
kurkur: Chactodonfromitus
puruntsi: Scrranus variolosus.

Names of birds:

kinikini: Cymindes illigeri
krabete: Fulica — ?
shushubi: Orpheus americanus
warawara: Cathartes curasoica.

Insecti and other animals :

dori: Rana (— ?)
guruguru: Calandra granaria (a beetle)
hanahana: Formica cephalota
kimakima: Cvssiopea frondosa (a rhizopod)
kumexen: Termes fatalis
lembelembe: Conops sanguisuga (a dipteron)
mamondenga: Ichneumon niger
paluli: Mytilis edulis
waltaka: lizard.

Click here to see words in related Arawakan languages: Arawakan Indian Words



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