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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ari-, *aril-
Meaning : pebble
Tamil : aralai
Tamil meaning : stone broken for roads
Tamil derivates : ari pebbles or gems or pieces of metal put into women's anklets to make them tinkle; aril gravel, small sharp pebble
Proto-Nilgiri : *ar[ǝ]l-
Notes : Several different stems, all of which are possibly derived from other SDR roots; cf. *ari- 'to cut off, chop, chip'; *ari- 'to sift, strain'; *ari 'rice, grain', etc.
Number in DED : 0209

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