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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *ápa-
Meaning : father (hon.)
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Proto-South Dravidian: *apa-
Proto-Telugu : *appa
Proto-Kolami-Gadba : *apa
Proto-Gondi-Kui : *ā̆p-
Notes : Irregular (expressive?) vowel lengthening is observed in some Gondwan languages. This is one of the two main PDR roots for 'father', the other being *t-and_-; judging by the difference in meaning, the latter was the more 'formal' appellation (which is why it is more frequently met with archaic pronominal prefixes than *ápa-), whereas the latter is clearly a "children's" word. // Present in 4/6 branches.

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