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Proto-Altaic: *č`ika ( ~ -u)
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: to stamp, ram; stamped path
Russian meaning: утаптывать, набивать; утоптанная тропа
Turkic: *čɨgɨr
Mongolian: *čig
Tungus-Manchu: *čiKi-
Comments: A Western isogloss. Mong. > Tung. (Evk. čigǯan, čigle- etc.), see ТМС 2, 389 (perhaps also Nan. ǯịGda-, ТМС 1, 255) - although Evk. čiki 'stamped snow' must be genuine.

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