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Proto-Altaic: *si̯ā̀jri
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: white
Russian meaning: белый; желтый
Turkic: *siarɨg
Mongolian: *sira
Tungus-Manchu: *siarū-
Korean: *hắi-
Japanese: *sìruà-
Comments: KW 349, Владимирцов 146, 318, Lee 1958, 117, АПиПЯЯ 26, 73, 86, 278, Мудрак Дисс. 195. Mong. is not borrowed from Turkic, despite Щербак 1997, 144 (Doerfer TMN 3, 221 says: "aus lautlichen Gründen unwahrscheinlich" (?)); the meaning 'yellow', however, may be secondarily induced by the Turkic forms - since the original meaning of the root, preserved also in Chuvash, was most certainly 'white'. Medial *-j- is reconstructed to account for the loss of *-r- in Kor. Cf. also Old Koguryo *šilap 'white' (see Miller 1979, 7).

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