Origin of English word KITTEN

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A KITTEN (young cat) may not be a CAT after all. The term had been applied to the young of other animals, and the given IE base qat (to bear young) has no feline connotations. CADELLE (beetle larva) is from Latin catella (a puppy or whelp).

QaDT means "small" (Ezekiel16:47);  QaDTaN is small, young (Genesis44:12) or a child. GiDeeY is the KID of goats  – see  GOAT.  Reversing to D-K,  DahQ is small, fine or minute. The largest housecat is a miniature or CUT-down version of a lion. See CUT for other KT chiquitos (little ones in Spanish). See below for the second, TN element.  The opposite, GaDoaL (large, older) is also a guttural-dental word.


CHIT is from Anglo-Saxon cith (shoot, sprout); the term means a child. The first element in KINDERGARTEN is the German KID or child, the Ki(n)d. Similarly, the first element of CHAUTAUQUA (a Seneca Indian word) means child.  Chado is a Ukrainian child (from an Old Slavic term).  So the colloquial KID as child, or KID brother (younger, smaller) could come from QaDTaN (young, small) rather than from the young KID of goats (see GOAT).

TK reversals are seen in the Sanskrit child (takman) and in tek-no the Germanic source of THANE. Both terms might be using the N of  QaDTaN or of an anagramic sibling TeeYNOAQ (infant). Perhaps this last term influenced the Dutch diminutive suffix seen in (MANI)KIN. Reversing to neko, we have the Japanese cat. A Japanese child is a kodomo, only a nasal shift from QaDTaN.

Of all the CAT terms, Indonesian kutjing sounds most like QaDTaN; small in Indonesian is ketjil. It is unlikely that Arabic qit (cat) is a borrowing from the French chat, Spanish gato or Scandinavian kat(t). K[H]aTOOL (cat) is not in the Bible, but is found in Aramaic. The GENETTE is a small wildcat said to be from Arabic jarnayt. GENETTE might be a scrambled version of Koof-Tet-Noon

/ QTN (youth, small) and its sound-alioke opposite or “antonym,”  GaDOAL (adult, large). Both oposites have a guttural (G/Q), dental (DT/D) and an L/N; (the L-N relationship is documented in   an appendix here and at the letter shifts chapter of The Origin of Speeches). For a Thai child or KID, reverse to dek. Tama, a child in Proto Polynesian, may take up the TN end of K-T-N.

TINY, smaller than the sound and sense of QaDTaN, reverses to nit in Thai.


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