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Proto-Altaic: *ipa ( ~ -b-)
Meaning: shell
Russian meaning: раковина
Mongolian: *(h)ibawu
Tungus-Manchu: *ibu-kta ( ~ *igu-kta)
Japanese: *apampi
Comments: Cf. also OJ ebi 'shrimp, shellfish' - perhaps an old dialectal variant of the same root.

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