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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ap-
Meaning : to stick with the hand, apply (as paste or plaster)
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : appu (appi-)
Tamil meaning : to stick with the hand (as sandal paste), plaster with a trowel (as mortar), apply repeatedly (as a fomentation), press against (as in wrestling), thrust in the mouth
Tamil derivates : appaḷi (-pp-, -tt-) to remove unevenness in the wall by placing pieces of brick or tile with chunam when plastering
Malayalam : appi, appu
Malayalam meaning : plaster
Malayalam derivates : appuka to stick to, attach to, press against (as plaster), press in
Kannada : appige, apige, appaḍe, appuge
Kannada meaning : act of joining, cementing, soldering, etc.; a patch
Kannada derivates : appaḷisu to strike against, stroke, flap, slap; apparisu to stroke
Tulu : appaḷipuni
Tulu meaning : to strike anything with the open hand, squash
Proto-Nilgiri : *ap-
Notes : The derivative stem *apaḷi- is also reconstructible for PSDR.
Number in DED : 0157

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