Definition‘sound and movement of stepping on dried leaves, of biting down onto something crunchy, or of a thrashing movement within water’
Sensory ModalityMOVEMENT > Haptic
May be uttered with aspirated initial consonant and unvoiced vowels.
Transcriptionkiʎuta shina ɾaɕa kaw kaw kaw kaw kaw kaw ɲa amaɾuŋ ajtɕaga bagɾi ajtɕa ɕinaɕi tɕakitɕikpi tɕajaɕka
Translation‘Cooking it till it was golden brown, and (eating it, crunching) kaw kaw kaw kaw kaw kaw kaw, the anaconda meat cooked up (nicely) like catfish meat, when they dried it.’
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Transcriptionima ujakpi jaŋga kaw kaw kw kw kw kw kw kaw kaw kaw kaw kawɕi amaɾun kaɾata mikuɕa…
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Transcriptionkaj lulunda sikwaŋga upig aŋ; kajbi tag kaniɕa, tas ajsaɕa, kaw kaw kaw liŋ limpug aŋ
Translation 'This fruit, the toucan is a drinker of; biting onto it tag, pulling it tas, (and then chewing it) kaw kaw kaw, (and then) ling! it swallows it!'
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Transcriptiontinahataga khawʃi waktak ʃamuʃa warmiɡa
TranslationAnd as for the tinaha, hitting (it) the woman came.
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Transcriptionɲa pakiʃka tinahataɡa ɲa khawʃi waktak ʃamuʃka
TranslationNow, as for the tinaha, it was smashed; now, they say that 'khaw' she came as a hitter.
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Nuckolls, Janis and Charles Alger. 2024. kaw. The Quechua Ideophonic Dictionary. Online: https://quechuarealwords.byu.edu/?ideophone=kaw.