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nyam, yam

[Pan-Creole; cf. Mauritian Fr. nyamnyam (Baker p.c.); Puerto Rican Sp. ñam-ñam, Pap. jomi-jomi all idem (Dillard 1976.164, 288); "njam is a very wide-spread African root—also Scots and Dutch dialect, and even Chinese" (Hancock 1969:68); cf. Wolof pam, nam, namnam Fula nama both 'to eat' DJE, as well as nyam, nma(a) or cognate in 45 West African languages (Roche 80-81) and Common Bantu *-nàmà- (Carter p.c.) all 'meat', whence 1811 nwr yam to eat or stuff heartily] v. to eat contentedly or heartily: 1977 (Jones 19). He yam down the food (San Sal.). cf, NAMSACK (Black)

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Last update: 2010-11-17 05:11
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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