How to say honeybee in Chinook Jargon
Happy New Year! I love getting these quick little research questions from my readers!
Someone asked me “how to say honeybee in Chinook Jargon”:
The Grand Ronde Chinuk Wawa dictionary has this for ‘bee’–
- ántʰiyeł (which originally was a Kalapuya word for ‘wasp’)
That word is first found quite early, in Father Lionnet’s word list from the 1830s.
And for the delectable product of this bug’s labor, GRCW adds–
- ántʰiyeł məlásis
- ántʰiyeł yaka məlásis
- məlásis (which started life as ‘molasses’)
Another source gives “klemahun opoots“, literally ‘stab tail’, but I can’t vouch for the source of that phrase.