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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *malta-
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: to dig (soil with a hoof)
Russian meaning: рыть (снег, землю копытом)
Evenki: malta-
Literary Manchu: matala-
Comments: ТМС 1, 524. Man. maltaku 'a tool used for scraping dirt or mud' may be < Mong. (see Rozycki 154).

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