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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *agasti
Meaning : pea-tree
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : akatti, accam, acci
Tamil meaning : West Indian pea-tree, Sesbania grandiflora
Malayalam : akatti
Malayalam meaning : Sesbania grandiflora
Kannada : akace, agace, agase, agise
Kannada meaning : tree with large scarlet flowers, Sesbania (or Aeschynomene) grandiflora Poir.
Tulu : agase-mara
Tulu meaning : Agati grandiflora
Notes : Only an old inlaut cluster can account for the correspondences between Tamil and Kannada; the cluster is clearly seen in the Old Indian borrowing agasti-. Some of the Kannada forms (or even all of them) may actually be borrowed from Telugu, which would still leave us with the same correspondence, but between Tamil and Telugu.
Number in DED : 0005

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