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Proto-Altaic: *séjra ( ~ z-)
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: three, a three-part object
Russian meaning: три, трехчастный предмет
Mongolian: *sereɣe
Korean: *sǝ̄ih
Japanese: *sárápí
Comments: SKE 225, PKE 171. Medial *-j- is reconstructed to account for loss of *-r- in Kor. Cf. perhaps also Man. sertej 'three-lipped, having a harelip'; MKor. sǝ̀hɨ̀rǝ̀i, mod. s:ǝre 'rake, harrow' ( = Mong. *sereɣe).

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