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A Note on khutū and chatuq

Robert Dankoff
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 93, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1973), pp. 542-543
DOI: 10.2307/600173
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/600173
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Abstract

The word "chatuq," found in Kāshgharī's Dīwān Lughāt at-Turk, is shown to be a "ghost word," the result of a scribe's miscopying the correct khutū, which refers to the tusk of the walrus or the narwhal, and derives ultimately from the Chinese ku-tu-si.

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