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Proto-Altaic: *k`ū̀jlu ( ~ -o)
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: ear; to hear
Russian meaning: ухо; слышать
Turkic: *Kul-kak
Mongolian: *kul-ki
Tungus-Manchu: *xūl-
Korean: *kúi
Japanese: *kí-k-
Comments: AKE 11, EAS 142, KW 196, Poppe 18, 75, АПиПЯЯ 52-53, 276, Дыбо 14, Лексика 205. The Mong. form can hardly be explained as a Turk. loanword (despite Щербак 1997, 143; Doerfer in TMN 4, 296 writes: "...unsicher"). Cf. Ordos xulugu 'the ear of animal', Khalkha xulgavč 'eared cap'. The Jpn. form has an irregular high tone (Turk., Tung. and Kor. pointing unanimously to * ̀); this, as well as the vowel -i- is probably due to a contraction. Medial *-jl- has to be reconstructed to account for -i- in Korean.

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