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Proto-Japanese: *pía
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: 1 room, place (in a dwelling) 2 place, surroundings
Russian meaning: 1 место (в жилище), комната 2 место, окрестности
Old Japanese: pje 1, 2
Middle Japanese: fé 1, 2
Tokyo: he-yá 1
Kyoto: héyà 1
Kagoshima: heyá 1
Comments: Martin (JLTT 404) derives the word for 'room' from PJ *pià 'part, separate' q.v., which is improbable because of its accent. A merger of two roots must have occurred here.

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