Re: [tied] Origin of the word "cat"

From: João S. Lopes Filho
Message: 8229
Date: 2001-08-02

It's usually attributed to a African origin, cf. Nubian kaddi:s
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From: Danny Wier <dawier@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 7:46 PM
Subject: [tied] Origin of the word "cat"

> I don't remember if this has been asked already, but where does English
> German _Katze_, French _chat_, Spanish _gato_, Russian _kos^ka_ (dim. of
> Modern Greek _gata_, Arabic _qiTTa_ etc. come from? Is it a pre-IE word
> European or Near Eastern origin, or a regional IE word?
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