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Proto-Altaic: *dàma
Meaning: ill, sick, bad
Russian meaning: больной, плохой
Turkic: *jAman
Tungus-Manchu: *dam-
Japanese: *dàm-
Comments: Despite SKE 75 there is no reason at all to suppose a Chinese origin of the Turkic form (MC ja-mạn 'savage, barbarian' is too distant semantically; the usage of PT *jaman for a bad disease, sickness is very close to Japanese and may suggest that the original meaning of the root was 'ill(ness), sick(ness)').
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