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Proto-Altaic: *īĺbi
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: fish bait
Russian meaning: приманка для рыбы, наживка
Mongolian: *(h)ilbeɣe-sün
Tungus-Manchu: *īlbī
Japanese: *i(n)sa-r-
Comments: There may be more than one root here. Jpn. has, besides *i(n)sar-, a synonymous *asar- 'to fish'. One of the two Jpn. words may be alternatively compared either with TM *ŋisū- 'to bring the killed animals from the hunt' or TM *ŋusu 'fishing-rod', with a provisional reconstruction of PA *ŋisV or *ŋusV.

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