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Altaic etymology :

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Proto-Altaic: *sìmò
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of bird
Russian meaning: вид птицы
Turkic: *sɨm
Mongolian: *similǯen
Tungus-Manchu: *sim-
Japanese: *sìmài ( ~ -ià)
Comments: It is hard to determine the original meaning of the root - some kind of middle-sized bird, probably with a big beak.

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