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Proto-South Dravidian : *ari
Meaning : rice
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : ari
Tamil meaning : rice, paddy, ear of paddy
Tamil derivates : arici rice without husk, any husked grain
Malayalam : ari
Malayalam meaning : grain of rice freed from chaff, seed, grain
Malayalam derivates : (Kauṭ.) arici rice
Kannada : akki
Kannada meaning : rice deprived of its husk, grain that resembles rice
Kodagu : akki
Kodagu meaning : husked rice
Tulu : ari
Tulu meaning : rice freed from husk, any small grain
Tulu derivates : akki rice, corn (only in cpds.)
Proto-Nilgiri : *arkĭ
Miscellaneous : BEL (LSB) argi rice
Notes : PSDR presents evidence for two stems - simple *ari 'paddy' and suffixal *ari-ki 'husked rice' (with a rare case of palatalisation of inlaut -ki- in Tamil: *ariki > arici).
Number in DED : 0215

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