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Proto-Altaic: *sám[u]
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: shaman
Russian meaning: шаман
Mongolian: *süme
Tungus-Manchu: *samā-n
Japanese: *súmiá-
Comments: Ozawa 117-118, JOAL 68. The parallel seems interesting, but front vocalism in Mong. demands some special explanation.

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