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Proto-Altaic: *bíju
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: to be, sit
Russian meaning: быть, сидеть
Mongolian: *büji- ( < *bijü-)
Tungus-Manchu: *bi-
Japanese: *b(u)í-
Comments: EAS 57, Poppe 112, Ozawa 304-307, ОСНЯ 1, 184, Murayama 1962, 109, АПиПЯЯ 68, 111, 280. Cf. perhaps MKor. ì- 'to be' (with loss of *b-, like in *uri 'we')?

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