へーじゃー : heejaa | define meaning
Region: Ryukyu (Okinawa: Kumejima)
- Goat, domesticated goat
Attested in the Konkoukenshuu (混効験集, 1711), "Words of the Royal Palace", under the spellings ひヽじや fifijiya (#3 p. 4 & ) and ひじや fijiya (#2 p. 15), and given the Japanese definition 【羊】 "sheep; goat". Later attested under the spelling feéja (fíja) in the 1818 Vocabulary of the language spoken at the Great Loo-Choo island in the Japan Sea, by Herbert John Clifford. Historically transcribed in Chinese sources as 匹托喳 [phiɁ.thɒɁ.tʂɑ], 非多只 [fui.tuɔ.tʂʅ] and 非都知 [fui.tu.tʂʅ], suggesting [ɸitotʃi ~ ɸitutʃi ~ pitotʃa] in Middle Okinawan (Source: Lin, Chihkai. A reconstruction of Old Okinawan: A corpus-based approach (2015), page 58). Cognate with standard Japanese ひつじ【羊】 hitsuji "sheep", also used to mean "goat" until the late 19th century.