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Proto-Altaic: *p`ŭ̀nte
Meaning: a k. of insect
Russian meaning: вид насекомого
Mongolian: *hötün
Tungus-Manchu: *pundimi
Korean: *pántó
Japanese: *pǝ̀taru ( ~ -ua-)
Comments: Mergers with *pā̀t`e were possible (esp. in Jpn., where otherwise -a- would be expected). Reasons of the loss of -n- in Mong. are not clear. Cf. PAN *-petpet 'firefly'.
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