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Proto-Altaic: *karmo
Meaning: a k. of aquatic bird
Russian meaning: вид водной птицы
Turkic: *Kordaj ( < *Korm-daj ?)
Tungus-Manchu: *karmu- / *karbu-
Korean: *kằrmjǝ́kí
Japanese: *kàmǝ́mái (~-ia)
Comments: Martin 232-233, Лексика 173. Cf. perhaps MMong. qara'una (HY 15) 'a k. of bird'. The tone correspondence between Kor. and Jpn. is irregular. Like many bird names, an expressive and rather unreliable root.

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