Michael Mccafferty mmccaffe at
Tue Nov 23 15:57:44 UTC 2004

On Tue, 23 Nov 2004, R. Rankin wrote:

> > Ojibway has di:ndi:si for blue jay.
> Looks like one of the Dakotan forms in tiN-, doesn't it??  Like I said, bird
> names are somewhat similar all over the place.

Related Miami-Illinois has /teenteekihsa/ (and plover /teentia/). Given
the blue jays raucous voice, an onomotopeic origin is somewhat expected.
(The blue jay actually has a very chime- or bell-like call, too.)


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