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Proto-Altaic: *s[é]rko
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of blossoming bush
Russian meaning: вид цветущего кустарника
Turkic: {Oghuz sorgun 'a k. of willow'}
Mongolian: *surgar
Tungus-Manchu: *seŋkürē
Korean: *sằrkó
Japanese: *sákúra
Comments: The etymology seems plausible, despite some phonetic problems, both explainable as metatheses in an expressive plant name: Mong. surgar instead of an expected *sargur, and TM *seŋkürē instead of an expected *serkü-(ŋē?). Cf. *sáro, with a possibility of contaminations.

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