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Proto-Altaic: *pā̀jkù
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: owl
Russian meaning: сова
Turkic: *bĀjk-
Mongolian: *beg-
Tungus-Manchu: *pige ( ~ *piage)
Korean: *púhuǝ̀ŋ
Japanese: *pùkù-
Comments: An expressive root with somewhat violated correspondences. Cf. some similar bird names: Khak. pegem 'wood-hen', Bur. bug-bātar 'owl' (if the analysis 'demon-hero' is a folk etymology); Oroch bajakuli 'name of a bird', Man. bajbula 'magpie'.

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