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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *pǝla / *pǝra
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 mane 2 shaggy
Abkhaz: á-bra 1
Abaza: bra 1
Adyghe: pǝLāc/bǝLāc 2
Kabardian: baLāca 2
Comments: PAT *bǝra; cf. also with *p-: *pǝrǝ-cʷǝ id. > Abkh. a-prǝ́-kʷč̌ / a-pǝ́r-č̌kʷ (Bzyb. a-prǝ́xʷč̌ / á-prǝkʷč̌), Abaz. prǝčʷ (the second part in Abkh. has contaminated with á-kʷč̌ / á-č̌kʷ 'top'). PAK *bǝLá-ca / *pǝLá-ca (Ad. reflects also a variant with -r-: Ad. pǝrāc / bǝrāc 'shaggy').

    WC languages reflect numerous variants with variation p/b and r/l. If Osset. barc / barcä 'mane' really goes back to Proto-Iran. *barša- (see Abayev 1, 237; doubts are raised by Osset. -c-), then the forms PAK *bǝráca and PAT *pǝrǝcʷǝ should be regarded as Alanisms; otherwise the direction of loan should be reversed and the WC forms analysed on WC ground (cf. PAT *bǝra and PWC *cǝ / *cʷǝ 'hair').

    Abdokov (1983, 73) compares the WC forms with PEC *balV 'wool' (q.v.), which seems phonetically less probable. He also cites Chech. =älla 'hairy' - which is in reality a participle of =āl- 'to grow' and does not belong here at all.

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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *ṗVħVɫV
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: feather; mane
Proto-Nakh: *pēla-ḳ
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *HulV
Proto-Lak: ṗiħulli
Proto-Dargwa: *paħIal(a) (/*ṗ-)
Proto-West Caucasian: *pǝla / *pǝra
Notes: The comparison seems generally plausible, but there are some unclear points probably explained by the root's expressive nature. It concerns especially the Avar form, where one should suppose a specific loss of *ṗ(V)- before the following laryngeal.
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Nakh etymology :

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Proto-Nakh: *pēla-ḳ
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: feather
Chechen: pēlag
Comments: Isolated in Chech., but with reliable external parallels.
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Avar-Andian etymology :

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Protoform: *HulV
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: feather
Avar: ħúli
Comments: Av. paradigm A (ħúli-dul, ħúla-bi). The word is isolated in Avar, but has possible external parallels.
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Lak etymology :

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Lak root: ṗiħulli
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: feather
Lak form: ṗiħulli (Bartkh.)
Comments: Cited from Хайдаков 1966.
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Dargwa etymology :

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Proto-Dargwa: *paħIal(a) (/*ṗ-)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: feather
Akusha: paIħaIla
Comments: Cf. also Kait. pahal, Kub. ṗuhaIl.
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Sino-Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-Sino-Caucasian: *ṗVħVɫV
Meaning: feather
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
North Caucasian: *ṗVħVɫV
Burushaski: *phol-
Basque: *biɫho
Comments and references : MCGD 16.
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Burushaski etymology :

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Common Burushaski: *phol-
Sino-Caucasian Etymology: Sino-Caucasian Etymology
Meaning: feather
Yasin: pholɣó
Hunza: phulɣū́ỵ
Nagar: phulɣū́ỵ
Comments: Sh. phurguú
buruet-prnum,buruet-meaning,buruet-yas,buruet-hun,buruet-ngr,buruet-notes,

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Basque etymology :

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Proto-Basque: *biɫho
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: hair, mane
High Navarrese: bilo, billo
Low Navarrese: bilho
Salazarese: bilo
Lapurdian: bilo
Aezkoan: bilo
Zuberoan: bílho
Comments: Trask (1999) passes on Michelena's idea that *bilho comes from a cross of Lat. pilum 'single hair' and villum 'tuft of hair', adding "don't know if this is right or not." The aspirated *-lh- matches well with PNC *ṗVħVɫV.
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Long-range etymologies :

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Borean (approx.) : PVLV
Meaning : feather
Eurasiatic : *ṗVĺV
Afroasiatic : *ball-
Sino-Caucasian : *ṗVħVɫV (cf. also *baɫV)
Austric : PAN *bulbul, *bulu 'hair, feathers'; MY *plV, Tai *plom hair
Amerind (misc.) : *ṗaƛ 'feather' (R 247)
African (misc.) : Bantu *-bụ̀dị̀ 'hair on body'.
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Nostratic etymology :

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Eurasiatic: *ṗVĺV
Meaning: feather, tail
Borean: Borean
Indo-European: *pVl- (WH 304-305, Mayrh. 314) 'hair'
Altaic: *p`UlV > Mong. hö-dün 'feather'; PTM *pul- (ТМС 2, 343, 344, 346)
Uralic: *poĺa
Kartvelian: Svan. ṗil- 'tail'
Dravidian: *pīl-i ( + *pilVka 'tuft, knot of hair')
References: ND 1691 *[p]ilV 'hair, tuft of hair, feather' (w/o Ural.).
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Indo-European etymology :

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Proto-IE: *pil- (Gr pt-)
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: hair, down
Old Greek: ptílo-n n. `Flaum, Flaumfeder, Daune, Insektenflügel'
Latin: pilus, -ī `Haar'
Russ. meaning: волос, пух
References: WP II 71
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Uralic etymology :

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Number: 803
Proto: *poĺa
> Nostratic: > Nostratic
English meaning: tail
German meaning: Schwanz, Schweif
Mordovian: pulo (E), pula (M) 'Schwanz, Schweif; Haarflechte, Zopf'
Mari (Cheremis): (see *pola - SAS)
Komi (Zyrian): (see *pola - SAS)
Khanty (Ostyak): påл́ǝk (Pym) 'das hintere Bein des Bären', pat́aŋχ (Ko.) 'Schweif des Rentiers und des Elens', pɔл́aχ 'Stutzschwanz (des Bären, Rentiers, Hasen)'
Mansi (Vogul): pōĺǝχ (KU) 'Schwanz (des Elentiers, des Rentiers)', sus-poĺkǝnt (P) 'Schwanz des Elentiers'
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Kartvelian etymology :

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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *pīl-i
Meaning : peacock's feather
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Proto-South Dravidian: *pīl-i
Proto-Telugu : *pīl-i
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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *pīl-i
Meaning : peacock's feather
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : pīli
Tamil meaning : peacock's feather
Malayalam : pīli
Malayalam meaning : peacock's feather
Kannada : pīli
Kannada meaning : peacock's feather, peacock's tail, eye in a peacock's tail
Kodagu : pīli
Kodagu meaning : peacock's tail feather
Tulu : pīli
Tulu meaning : peacock's tail feather
Tulu derivates : (?) bīla tail
Number in DED : 4226
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Telugu etymology :

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Proto-Telugu : *pīl-i
Meaning : rudder, (K also) peacock's feather
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Telugu : pīli
Number in DED : 4226
telet-meaning,telet-prnum,telet-tel_1,telet-dednum,

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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *ball-
Meaning: feather, wing
Semitic: *nu-ball- (<*mu-ball-?) 'eagle's feather'
Berber: *bulbul 'feather'
Western Chadic: *bV-bāl- 'shoulder' 1, 'arm' 2 - cf.
Central Chadic: *mu-bal- 'arm'1, 'shoulder' 2 - cf.
Saho-Afar: *bal- 'feather'
Low East Cushitic: *bal(l)- 'wing'
High East Cushitic: *ball(aʔ)- 'feather'
Omotic: *bal- 'feather'
Notes: If Chad forms are related with a meaning shift 'wing' > 'shoulder/arm', a variant stem with a prefix *mV- (dissimilated in Sem and assimilated in WCh) should be reconstructed as.
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Semitic etymology :

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Number: 70
Proto-Semitic: *nu-ball-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'eagle's feather'
Akkadian: nuballu
Notes: Prefix *nu- (probably, dissimilated from *mu-).
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Berber etymology :

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Proto-Berber: *bulbul
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'feather'
Mzab: t-bulbul-t
Wargla: t-bulbul-t
brbet-prnum,brbet-meaning,brbet-mzb,brbet-wrg,

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West Chadic etymology :

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Proto-WChadic: *ba-bal-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'upper arm' 1, 'shoulder' 2
Mupun: báàl 1 [FrM]
Sura: bal 1 [JgS]
Angas: bel 2 [Fl]
Karekare: bébālīa 1 [Kl]
Polchi: babǝlǝ 2 [Cs]
Bokos: baàl 2 [JgR]
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Central Chadic etymology :

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Proto-CChadic: *mu-bal-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'arm' 1, 'shoulder' 2
Nzangi: bǝ̀lǝ̀bǝ̀le 2 [Kr: 46]
Logone: Cf. m-phala 1
Gulfey: balé 1 [Lk:147]
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Saho-Afar etymology :

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Proto-Saho-Afar: *bal-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'feather'
Afar (Danakil): bal
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Low East Cushitic etymology :

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Proto-Low East Cushitic: *bal(l)-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'wing'
Somali: baal
Oromo (Galla): baala
Baiso: baale
Konso: balla
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High East Cushitic etymology :

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Proto-High East Cushitic: *ball(aʔ)-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'feather'
Sidamo: balle
Hadiya (Gudella): ballaʔe
Burji (Bambala, Dashe): baalle
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Omotic etymology :

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Proto-Omotic: *bal-
Afroasiatic etymology: Afroasiatic etymology
Meaning: 'feather'
Kafa (Kaficho): baaloo
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Austric etymology :

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Proto-Austric: *bulu
Meaning: hair
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Miao-Yao parallels: *plV / *klV hair
Proto-Austronesian: *bulu
Proto-Thai: *plom hair
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