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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *aḷ-
Meaning : cave
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : aḷ
Toda : oḷb "animal's den, cave"
Number in DED : 308
ktet-meaning,ktet-prnum,ktet-kota,ktet-toda,ktet-dednum,

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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ăḷ-
Meaning : hole
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : aḷai
Tamil meaning : anthill, hole in the ground, hollow in tree, cave
Malayalam : aḷa
Malayalam meaning : hole in trees, in the ground
Malayalam derivates : aḷḷāppu hollow, hole
Proto-Nilgiri : *aḷ-
Miscellaneous : KUR (LSB) aḷe hole
Number in DED : 0308
sdret-meaning,sdret-prnum,sdret-tam,sdret-tammean,sdret-mal,sdret-malmean,sdret-malder,sdret-kt,sdret-misc,sdret-dednum,

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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *àḷ-
Meaning : cave, hole
Proto-South Dravidian: *ăḷ-
Proto-Telugu : *lā-ŋ-
Proto-North Dravidian : *al-p
dravet-meaning,dravet-sdr,dravet-tel,dravet-ndr,

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Telugu etymology :

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Proto-Telugu : *lā-ŋ-
Meaning : hole, burrow
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Telugu : lā̃ga
Number in DED : 308
telet-meaning,telet-prnum,telet-tel_1,telet-dednum,

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North Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-North-Dravidian : *al-p
Meaning : hollow place underground, cavern
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Kurukh : alAp
Additional forms : (?) Also KUR lātā hole, cavity, den.
Number in DED : 308
ndret-meaning,ndret-prnum,ndret-kur,ndret-addition,ndret-dednum,

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