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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *kar-
Meaning : black
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : kayr "charcoal, soot"
Toda : kary- (kars-) "to be singed, scorched, fried too much"
Additional forms : Also Kota kar black (or with 1395); kagutm darkness, dark place; Toda kary- (karc-) to heat (new pot, etc., to purify it); kary charcoal; ka, kax, kaxt black; kabɨn iron; kagār_f darkness; ka-pic Jasminum bignoniaceum; ? koš fɨṛ- (fɨṭ-) to dawn (lit. the darkness goes away); ? kāy maḍ, kāye maḍ the black-headed one (i. e. the Toda; in song; maḍ head)
Notes : Toda ka-, etc., all result from sandhi (in cases like kabɨn 'iron' < *kar-ǝm-pon, etc.)
Number in DED : 1278

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