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Proto-South Dravidian : *ajja-
Meaning : father; father's brother
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : ayyan_, aiyan_
Tamil meaning : father, sage, priest, teacher, brahman, superior person, master, king
Tamil derivates : ayyā father, respectable man; aiyar men worthy of respect, sages, brahmans, title of smārta brahmans, etc.; tam-aiyan_ elder brother or parallel male cousin; numaiyan_ your elder brother; ai lord, master, husband, king, guru, priest, teacher, father
Malayalam : ayyan
Malayalam meaning : father, lord
Malayalam derivates : tamayan elder brother
Kannada : ayya, aya
Kannada meaning : father, grandfather, master, lord, teacher
Kodagu : ayyë
Kodagu meaning : father's brother or parallel male cousin, mother's sister's husband
Kodagu derivates : tammayyāN younger brtoher (voc.)
Tulu : ayye
Tulu meaning : priest, minister, teacher, master
Tulu derivates : tammaiya an affectionate form of addressing a younger brother
Proto-Nilgiri : *aj-
Notes : Just like *t-and-, this root commonly refers to 'father' as an honourable mention. The original meaning differentiation may have been preserved in Kodagu, where appë = 'father', while ayyë = 'father's brother, male cousin'; none of the other languages present an equally clear picture. The only common PSDR stem is the one in *-n (*ajja-n, pl. *ajja-r).
Number in DED : 0196

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