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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ari
Meaning : tax
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : ari
Tamil meaning : tax, duty
Tamil derivates : appu loan, debt (< Te.)
Kannada : accu
Kannada meaning : to pay unjustly, as rent for land on which the crop has failed; make a payment which is not properly due and on account of which one suffers loss
Kannada derivates : accike paying unjustly
Notes : The comparison between Tamil ari and Kan. accu is justified, although it is somewhat strange that the primary variant arcu is not attested. In Tamil the corresponding verbal stem would have been *aruvu, and this is the exact form that is also found in Telugu.
Number in DED : 0216

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