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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *aḍai[j]āḷ-
Meaning : mark, sign, symbol
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : aṭaiyāḷam
Tamil meaning : mark, symbol, emblem, seal
Malayalam : aṭayāḷam
Malayalam meaning : mark, sign
Kannada : aḍayāḷa
Kannada meaning : mark, sign
Proto-Nilgiri : *aḍjāḷ-
Notes : A solid SDR root with no outside connections except Telugu. It is tempting to analyse it as a compound (*aḍai- + *[j]āḷ-?], but neither of the two parts makes much sense.
Number in DED : 0089

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