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Altaic etymology :

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Proto-Altaic: *maji
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: protecting spirit
Russian meaning: дух-покровитель
Turkic: *baj ( ~ -ń)
Tungus-Manchu: *maji-n
Japanese: *mi
Comments: ОСНЯ 3, 51. An interesting common Altaic religious term (although within Turkic it is rather hard to distinguish from *bāj 'rich' < *bēǯu q. v.).
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Turkic etymology :

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Proto-Turkic: *baj ( ~ -ń)
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: 1 holy 2 God 3 true, reliable, honest
Russian meaning: 1 святой 2 бог
Karakhanid: bajat 2 (MK - Argu, KB), bajɨq (MK Oghuz, IM) 3
Turkish: bajat 2, bajɨq (dial.) 3
Middle Turkic: bajat 2 (Abush., Sangl.)
Oyrat: baj-lu 1, maj- 'first part in a number of theonyms', baj terek 'world tree'
Yakut: bajanaj 'name of a God'
Kirghiz: baj terek 'protection, advocacy'
Comments: EDT 385. See VEWT 56-57 (for derivatives), TMN 2, 379. The root should be probably distinguished from *bāj 'rich' (v. sub *bēǯu). An unattested Tuva source > Russ. dial. (Tuva) bajbá 'spirit of hunting luck', see Аникин 109. Yak. > Russ. (Yak.) bajanaj, see Аникин 125-126.
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Tungus etymology :

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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *maji-n
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: protecting spirit
Russian meaning: дух-покровитель
Evenki: majin
Even: majịs
Negidal: majịn
Nanai: majin
Comments: ТМС 1, 521.
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Japanese etymology :

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Proto-Japanese: *mi
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: protecting spirit
Russian meaning: дух-покровитель
Old Japanese: mji
Comments: JLTT 476.
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Nostratic etymology :

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Eurasiatic: *majV
Meaning: to deceive, bewitch (?)
Indo-European: *mā- (+ *mō- 2135, *mā- 719)
Altaic: *maji ?
Dravidian: *maj- (?+ *mai- 831)
References: ОСНЯ 3, 35f.
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Indo-European etymology :

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Proto-IE: *mā-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: to stupefy
Old Indian: māyā́ f. `illusion, witchcraft, supernatural power', dur-māyú- `using bad arts; múni- m. `inspired or ecstatic person; saint, sage'
Old Greek: 1) mátǟ f. `Unbesonnenheit, Torheit', adv. mátǟn `vergeblich, umsonst, ohne Grund', mátai̯o- `eitel, nichtig `eitel, nichtig, töricht, frevelhaft'; 2) <mān->: prs. manje-, aor. *mānz-, aor. pass. *manē-, pf. *memāna (~ -ē-); *maníjā, *manjád-s, *mánti-s, gen. -ejos/-ijos
Slavic: *mānǭtī, *mānītī, *māmītī; *mājātī, *mājǭ; *mārā; *mātogā
Baltic: *mā̂- (2) vb.
Latin: manticulārī `zu Werke verschmitzt gehen; Beutelschneiderei treiben; stehlen' (?)
Russ. meaning: дурить голову
References: WP II 217 f
Comments: Quite probably = *mā-n (733).
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Vasmer's dictionary :

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Word: мани́ть,
Near etymology: маню́; мана́ "приманка", обма́н, укр. мани́ти, русск.-цслав. манити, польск., в.-луж. manić "обманывать, манить".
Further etymology: Ср. лтш. mãnît, -u, -ĩju "вводить в заблуждение, обманывать". Судя по ударению и знач., скорее родственно, чем заимств. из слав. (см. М.--Э. 2, 582), но лит. mõnyti "колдовать" заимств. из слав. (см. там же). Далее родственно ма́ять, ма́ю (см.), др.-инд. māуā́ "волшебная сила, обман, иллюзия", авест. māуā-; см. Бернекер 2, 17 и сл.; Уленбек, Aind. Wb. 222. По мнению Ван-Вейка (RЕS 14, 73), *maniti получено в результате диссимиляции из *mamiti, представленного в чеш., слвц., польск., сербохорв., словен., болг. Далее сближают с д.-в.-н. mein "лживый, обманчивый", др.-исл. mein "ущерб, несчастье" (см. Сольмсен, Jagić-Festschrift 581 и сл.; Бернекер, там же), греч. μῖμος "обман, фокус, фокусник" (Младенов 288).
Pages: 2,569
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Baltic etymology :

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Proto-Baltic: *mā̂- (2) vb.
Meaning: bewitch
Indo-European etymology: Indo-European etymology
Lettish: ap=mât `über jem. etw. kommen lassen, anstecken; betören, verblüffen, verwirren, behexen'
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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *maj-
Meaning : 1 mistake 2 bewilderment, intoxication 3 malt, beverage
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Proto-South Dravidian: *maj-
Proto-Telugu : *mai-
Proto-North Dravidian : *maj-nca
Notes : See the NDR form for sp. considerations.
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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *maj-
Meaning : mistake, bewilderment
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : maya (-pp-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to mistake, misunderstand
Tamil derivates : mayakku (mayakki-) to bewilder, confuse, puzzle, mystify, fascinate, allure, charm, mix up, unite, ruin, destroy, disturb, unsettle, make one swoon; n. (also mayakkam) mental delusion, stupor, bewilderment, aberration of mind as from ignorance, fascination, etc., spiritual ignorance, mistaken knowledge, misunderstanding, giddiness, unconsciousness, coma, confusion, mixture, laziness; mayakkaṭi bewilderment, intoxication; mayaŋku (mayaŋki-) to be confused, bewildered, be charmed, allured, be intoxicated, be changed in one's mind or body, be ruined, desolated, be distressed, be disturbed, tossed about (as the sea), be in doubt, be overwhelmed with a nxiety, be mixed up, resemble, be crowded together, be engaged in a fight, lose one's senses, be in a state of disorder or confusion, become unconscious; mayar (-v-, -nt-) to be bewildered, confused, lose consciousness, be fatigued, tired, wonder; n. bewilderment; mayarvu illusion of the senses, confusion, bewilderment, ignorance, weariness; mayari person whose mind is confused, bewildered person, lascivious person, ignorant person; mayal confusion, bewilderment, delusion, madness, desire, lust, sensual infatuation, doubt, fear, dread; mayar_kai confusion, bewilderment, delusion; maiyal infatuation of love, madness, overwhelming pride, must of elephant; maiyalavar persons of deranged minds; maiyalār id., magicians; maiyā (-pp-, -tt-) to be perplexed; maintu infatuation of love, madness, must of elephant, ignorance; macakku (macakki-) to charm, bewitch, confuse, perplex; macakkam dullness, indolence, swoon, unconsciousness, morbid longings of a pregnant woman; macakkai morbid longings of a pregnant woman; macaŋku (macaŋki-) to become confused, be doubtful; macaŋkal confusion, perplexity
Malayalam : mayaŋŋuka
Malayalam meaning : to be drowsy, giddy, be perplexed, infatuated
Malayalam derivates : mayakkam drowsiness, giddiness, swoon, bewilderment, distraction; mayakku perplexity, doubt; mayakkuka to perplex, delude, fascinate; mayal infatuation, charm of love; mayyal perturbation, grief
Kannada : mayamu, maymu
Kannada meaning : bewilderment, perplexity
Kannada derivates : mayme perplexed, downcast state; maccu, meccu illusion, delusion, deception; a decoy powder
Kodagu : mēk- (mēki-)
Kodagu meaning : to mix thoroughly (tr,)
Kodagu derivates : mēŋg- (mēŋgi-) id. (intr.)
Tulu : maikuni
Tulu meaning : to entice, persuade, perplex
Notes : Tamil forms with -c- (macaŋku, etc.) are actually contaminated with *mas- 'to be dull, lacklustre'.
Number in DED : 4706
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Telugu etymology :

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Proto-Telugu : *mai-
Meaning : intoxication, inebriation, unconsciousness, drowsiness
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Telugu : maikamu
Telugu (Krishnamurti) : mey(i)du "to be infatuated, be beside oneself, be intoxicated"
Additional forms : Also maida intoxication; maidu deception, deceit, delusion, intoxication; an enchanting powder; mampu intoxication
Number in DED : 4706
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North Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-North-Dravidian : *maj-nca
Meaning : malt; beverage
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Kurukh : mãyã "malt prepared for making beer, malt refuse, beer in its preparatory stage"
Malto : mēca "an intoxicating beverage prepared of corn"
Notes : A very complicated case. The PDR root is *maj-; however, in order to explain both the nasalization in Kurukh and the strange form in Malto, we have to suppose at least a specific suffix (probably modifying the original meaning 'intoxication' into 'intoxicating beverage'). And only a unique sound combination, like *-jnc-, could account for the unique correspondence Kur. -ãy- - Mlt. -ēc-. If this is the case, then in Kurukh *majnc- > *mãjc- > *mãj-, while in Mlt. *majnc- > *mēnc- > *mēc-. The problem is: what is the nature of this *-nc-?
Additional forms : Also KUR (Hahn) māyā, mā̃yān_ arrack made of rice.
Number in DED : 4706
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