Re: [tied] Peacock

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7886
Date: 2001-07-14

I'm sure you're right about its being a substrate word -- as one would reasonably expect, given the geographical distribution of peafowl. The Munda languages have only very recent attestation, so Munda -> Old Indo-Aryan borrowings are notoriously difficuly to trace, but what you write looks plausible. I'm not really qualified to assess this etymology, as I know very little about Munda reconstructions and Munda historical phonology.
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From: S.Kalyanaraman
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2001 5:38 PM
Subject: [tied] Peacock

mayu_ra is peacock in Sanskrit.

It appears that this is derived from the substratum Mun.d.a word:
marak = peahen (Santali)

Are there IE cognates?