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Proto-South Dravidian : *ata-
Meaning : father; elder relative
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : attan_
Tamil meaning : father, elder, person of rank or eminence
Tamil derivates : attai, attaicār father's sister, mother-in-law, woman of rank or eminence; attān_ elder sister's husband; father's sister's son, maternal uncle's son when elder, wife's brother when elder; attācci elder brother's wife, husband's sister; attimpēr elder sister's husband; father's sister's husband; atti elder sister; attō excl. of wonder; tattai elder sister
Malayalam : atta
Malayalam meaning : mother, mother's sister
Malayalam derivates : attan father
Kannada : atte, atti
Kannada meaning : mother-in-law
Kannada derivates : sōdar-atte, sōdar-atti father's sister, mother's brother's wife; attike elder sister; attige elder brother's wife
Tulu : attè
Tulu meaning : mother-in-law, aunt
Tulu derivates : attigè elder brother's wife
Notes : Two basic stems can be reconstructed for PSDR: *ata-n 'father' and *ata-i 'father's sister; mother-in-law'. However, the former is not really met outside of the Tamil-Malayalam area.
Number in DED : 0142

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