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Proto-Altaic: {*sokŋV}
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of onion
Russian meaning: вид лука
Turkic: {*sokan}
Mongolian: *soŋgina (*soɣoŋgina)
Tungus-Manchu: *seŋKule ( < *soŋKule?)
Korean: *sòŋ'ì
Comments: KW 331, Дыбо 10. Despite Щербак 1997, 166, hardly a borrowing in Mong. < Turk. Hypotheses about the Chinese origin of the word (KW 331, Дмитриева 166-167) are hardly grounded: one has to suppose Chin. > Mong., with a secondary addition of the Mong. plant suffix -gina, with a subsequent borrowing Mong. > Turkic (which is hardly plausible because of old attestation within Turkic); the Manchu parallel also speaks against borrowing from Chinese. See also notes on *sugú 'weed' (there may have been some confusion of these two roots in Kor.-Jpn. and in Turkic).

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