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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ambai-kāl-
Meaning : crawling
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Kannada : ambegālu, ambagālu, ambugālu
Kannada meaning : the hands and knees placed on the ground for crawling
Kannada derivates : (Coorg) ambāḷu to crawl
Tulu : ambekārụ
Tulu meaning : crawling on hands and feet
Notes : The second part of the compound is *kāl 'foot'; the first one, however, does not have a secure inner etymology.
Number in DED : 0180

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