-156- Kökochöka

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Verb. From Nahuatl.

“To make gulping sounds in the throat”

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There are similar words to this in Nahuatl (spoken in Mexico) such as Koyöchöka, meaning ‘to make the sounds of a coyote.’ The suffix chöka is a verb meaning ‘to yell’ (and can also mean to make other varieties of sounds) hence why they are related to these words.

Interestingly enough, a word with a similar composition to the ones above, ïxtënchochökadenotes the eyes becoming sore or irritated. Perhaps chöka is used in this context as a more figurative ‘yell from the eyes?’

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