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Altaic etymology :

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Proto-Altaic: "*pi{_}o{/}so" | Query method: Match substring
Proto-Altaic: *pi̯ósò
Meaning: stairway, step (of stairs)
Russian meaning: лестница, ступенька
Turkic: *bAs-kɨč
Mongolian: *bosuga
Tungus-Manchu: *pise-
Japanese: *pásì
Comments: In PT *bos- would be expected; the root had changed to *bas- probably because of the folk-etymological resemblance to *bas- 'press'. Cf. *bi̯ási 'penthouse'.

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