-156- Kökochöka


Verb. From Nahuatl.

“To make gulping sounds in the throat”


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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