MOCUM

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Lehite GN 1. City which was covered by water, ca. 30 AD (3 Nephi 9:7)

Could be Hebrew maqōm, “place, station, town, village” = Arabic maqām, also known from Syriac, Ethiopic and Phoenician with the same meaning; however the vowel shift is rather dramatic (RFS, JAT, JH).

Perhaps from Mayan mo'-k'u'-um "macaw nest" (MW, JG).[1]

Cf. Book of Mormon JACOM, CUMORAH, CUMENI, CUMENIHAH, KUMEN, KISHKUMEN, et al.

Notes

  1. Erik Boot, A Preliminary Classic Maya-English/English-Classic Maya Vocabulary of Hieroglyphic Readings (2002), 59; Cecil H. Brown and Soren Wichmann, "Proto-Mayan Syllable Nuclei," International Journal of American Linguistics 70/2 (2004): 177. The -um ending is attached to words dealing with birds.