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ゐきが【男】

 Ryukyu (Okinawa)

wikiga [(w)ikiga]

Definition

Noun

  1. Man

Etymology

Related to Amami /jiŋ-ɡa(a)/, Kunigami /jiki-ɡa/, Miyako /biki-dum/, and Yaeyama /biki-dumu/. The latter two forms suggest that the initial consonant in the root was /w/, and Ryukyuan vowel raising indicates that /i/ would have once been /e/ (note the lack of palatalization in /ki/ in the Okinawan form). This root, *weke, is likely the same as in the Okinawan word ゐきー wikii "man; male; brother" and could be of bimorphemic origin (possibly *wo + *ke~ko~ku, cf. Okinawan ゐなぐ  winagu "woman"). The ending が -ga may be related to the diminutive suffix ぐゎー【子】 gwaa, akin to the parallelism between the Japanese words おとこ【男】 otoko "man" and おと【弟】 oto (Humble) "younger brother" and the diminutive suffix 【子】 ko. Consider also the term おのこご【 男の子子】 onokogo "boy", still used in Hachijo to mean "man".

Notes

Variant: いきが ikiga.

意味:おとこ【男】

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