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Query Subject:   Meaning of 'Bobonkt'
Author:   Carlota Smith
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Lexicography
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Hi:

I am trying to find the meaning of a word used in the American West during the civil was period: the word is bobonkt. It appeared in the following sentence in a personal diary from 1863:

I went to get some bobonkt

so it's apparently a mass noun. I have looked in dictionaries that I found in the library, including the OED, and on Google, without success.

I'd appreciate any suggestions as to the word's meaning, and of where to look for the word.

Thank you
Carlota Smith
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Carlota S. Smith
Centennial Professor of Linguistics
Dept of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Tx 78712-1196
LL Issue: 17.1952
Date posted: 04-Jul-2006



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