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Proto-Altaic: *mált`u
Meaning: to dig, bury
Russian meaning: копать, хоронить
Turkic: *baĺtar (?)
Mongolian: *malta-
Tungus-Manchu: *malta-
Korean: *mùt-
Japanese: *úntú-m- ( < *múntú-m-)
Comments: Poppe 1966, 196, Doerfer MT 61, Rozycki 155 regard the TM form as borrowed from Mong., which is not excluded (although dubious). The Karakh. word may belong here if its original meaning was 'digging instrument' ( > 'cutting instrument' > 'sickle'), but on the whole it is rather dubious, because of the unique cluster -št- (violating Helimski's rule). The Jpn. form reflects a frequent confusion between *mV- and *V- in front of the following nasal. {AD: from Turkic rather *mal- 'immerse'}

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