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North Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-North-Dravidian : *min-j-
Meaning : to eat, graze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Kurukh : mennā (mińy-) "to eat grass, graze"
Malto : mine "to eat (as bread), graze, browse, feed on straw"
Additional forms : Also KUR mentaʔānā to graze, i.e. supply with grass or pasture; MLT mede to eat food with something to give a relish.
Number in DED : 5093
ndret-meaning,ndret-prnum,ndret-kur,ndret-mlt,ndret-addition,ndret-dednum,

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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Proto-South Dravidian: *mēj-
Proto-Telugu : *mēj-
Proto-Kolami-Gadba : *mēj-
Proto-Gondi-Kui : *mēj-
Proto-North Dravidian : *min-j-
Notes : The North Dravidian forms are of particular interest here, although it is not certain if the inlaut nasal is original (a PDR *mēń-, perhaps?), or it is developed secondarily due to assimilation with the initial *m-.
dravet-meaning,dravet-sdr,dravet-tel,dravet-koga,dravet-gnd,dravet-ndr,dravet-notes,

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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : mēy (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to graze, feed, prey on (as birds or beasts), gnaw (as white ants), roam, lead a profligate life
Tamil derivates : (-pp-, -tt-) to make to graze, feed; mēykki one who tends cattle, shepherd, cowherd; mēyccal grazing, common pasturage, grazing ground, food, profligacy; mēyppan_ herdsman, shepherd, grazier; mēyppu feeding, pasturing, grazing ground; mēyal grazing, pasture, herbage for cattle to eat; mēyavan_, mēyān_ resident, dweller; mēvu (mēvi-) to eat
Malayalam : mēyka
Malayalam meaning : to graze, browse
Malayalam derivates : mēykka to cause animals to graze or eat, feed, tend; mēypikka to cause another to feed cattle; mēccal, (Kauṭ.) mēccil grazing
Kannada : mē, mēyu (mēd-), mēy (mēyd-)
Kannada meaning : to graze, eat grass, browse, feed, eat
Kannada derivates : mēyisu, mēsu to graze (tr.), feed, cause animals to eat; (PBh.) mēta grazing; mēpu, mēhu, mēvu grazing, pasturage, feed of any kind; (PBh.) mēvaḷi graizng land, pasturage
Kodagu : mēy- (mēv-/mēyuv-, mēñj-)
Kodagu meaning : to graze, (mēp-, mēc-) id. (tr.); mēci food (for cattle, birds, etc.)
Tulu : mēyuni, mēpini
Tulu meaning : to graze, eat grass
Tulu derivates : mēpuni to feed or graze cattle; mēpāvuni to cause to feed or graze cattle; mēcelụ pasture, meadow; mēpari, mēpā̆li grazier, one who tends cattle; mēpu, mēvu food, fodder, pasturage; mēva a sweet kind of food, anything edible
Proto-Nilgiri : *mēj-
Number in DED : 5093
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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : mēy- (mēc-)
Toda : mīy- (mīs-)
Additional forms : Also Kota mēc- (mēc-) to make to graze; Toda mīc- (mīč-) to make to graze
Notes : Irregular -ī- in Toda; peculiar contextual development?
Number in DED : 5093
ktet-meaning,ktet-prnum,ktet-kota,ktet-toda,ktet-addition,ktet-notes,ktet-dednum,

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Telugu etymology :

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Proto-Telugu : *mēj-
Meaning : to feed, feed on, graze, eat as cattle
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Telugu : mēyu
Additional forms : Also mēpu to feed (tr.), graze, tend cattle while grazing; mēpincu to cause to tend cattle while grazing; mēpari eater, feeder; mē̃tari eater; [1] mēpu, [2] mē̃ta grazing, feeding, eating, fodder, feed, forage, pasture
Number in DED : 5093
telet-meaning,telet-prnum,telet-tel_1,telet-addition,telet-dednum,

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Kolami-Gadba etymology :

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Proto-Kolami-Gadba : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Kolami : mī- (mīt-)
Naikri : mīy-
Naiki : māy-
Parji : mēy-
Additional forms : Also Kolami mīp- (mīpt-) to make to graze; Naikri mīp- to cause to graze; Naiki caus. māyip-; Parji (S) mēypip- (mēypit-), (NW) mēpip- (mēpit-), (NE) mēkip- (mēkit-) to make to graze
Number in DED : 5093
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Gondwan etymology :

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Proto-Gondi-Kui : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Proto-Gondi : *mēj-
Konda : mēy-
Proto-Kui-Kuwi : *mēj- (caus. *mē-p-)
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Gondi etymology :

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Proto-Gondi : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Gondwan etymology: Gondwan etymology
Betul Gondi : mēīānā "to graze (of cattle and of ground-feeding birds)"
Muria Gondi : māy- "to graze (intr.)"
Maria Gondi : mēy- "to graze (intr.)"
Seoni Gondi : mēy- "to graze (intr.)"
Yeotmal Gondi : mēy- "to graze (intr.)"
Adilabad Gondi : mēy- "to graze (intr.)"
Additional forms : Also Gondi_Tr mehtānā to graze cattle; mehtārī grazier, herd; Gondi_M mehānā to graze; Gondi_A, Gondi_Y, Gondi_D mēh-, Gondi_Mu, Gondi_S meh-, Gondi_Ma mēʔ- to grze (tr.)
Number in DED : 5093
Number in CVOTGD : 2964, 2968
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Konda etymology :

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Konda : mēy-
Meaning: to grze (intr.)
Gondwan etymology: Gondwan etymology
Additional forms : Also Konda mī- (-t-), (Sova dial.) mēp- (-t-) to tend or graze cattle; mēpu grazing of cattle
Number in DED : 5093
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Kui-Kuwi etymology :

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Proto-Kui-Kuwi : *mēj- (caus. *mē-p-)
Meaning : to graze
Gondwan etymology: Gondwan etymology
Kuwi (Fitzgerald) : meyali
Kuwi (Schulze) : mē'nai "to feed"
Sunkarametta Kuwi : mēy- (-it-)
Kuwi (Israel) : mēy- (-it-)
Additional forms : Also Kuwi_Su me'- (met-), Kuwi_Isr meʔ- (-t-) to herd (cattle); Kuwi_S me'nai to pasture
Number in DED : 5093
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