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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *aḍ-gal
Meaning : small anvil
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : aṛ gal
Number in DED : 86

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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *aḍai, *aḍai-kal
Meaning : support, prop; anvil
Tamil : aṭai
Tamil meaning : prop. slight support
Tamil derivates : aṭai-kal anvil
Malayalam : aṭa-kkallu
Malayalam meaning : anvil of goldsmiths
Kannada : aḍe, aḍa, aḍi
Kannada meaning : the piece of wood on which the five artisans put the article which they happen to operate upon, a support
Kannada derivates : aḍegal, aḍagallu, aḍigallu anvil
Tulu : aṭṭè
Tulu meaning : a support, stand
Proto-Nilgiri : *aḍ-gal
Notes : A common SDR stem (including the compound variant *aḍai-kal "anvil" where *kal = "stone") with a parallel in Telugu. External parallels are problematic; the word may be related to some of the *aḍV-type verbal stems, although semantic connections are unclear.
Number in DED : 0086

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