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Proto-Altaic: *gi̯óra
Meaning: a k. of reed
Russian meaning: вид тростника
Turkic: *KAr(a)gu
Tungus-Manchu: *gurbi
Japanese: *kántúrá
Comments: The Turk.-Manchu match is semantically straightforward; the Jpn. match is phonetically plausible, but less certain semantically.

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