Definitions starting with Y

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/yay/ [Atlantic (Hancock 1969:60); cf. OED yie eye abs. →16th century; "by palatalization of initial vowel: cf. Engl., Scots, US dial.. There may be some concurrent infl. from Aft. languages: cf. Bambara ɲ e eye, ye to see; Kpelle ŋ ε i eye; Nupe eye eye" DJE] n. sing, or pl. eye: 1918 One of de son had tree eyes. . .Oder got two. . Two-Yeye (Parsons 28). My yeye. . his yeye (White).

Tags: anatomy, body part, noun

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Last update: 2010-11-09 00:28
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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