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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ar[u]-k-
Meaning : not to be willing to pay
Tamil : arukku (arukki-)
Tamil meaning : to show disinclination in a bargain
Tamil derivates : arukkāṇi reluctance to accommodate, closeness in a bargain
Proto-Nilgiri : *ar-ǝk-
Notes : Burrow & Emeneau suggest relationship with *ari 'tax', but this is hardly possible, as the resulting derivative would rather mean 'to tax smb., make one pay'. I would rather view these items as a peculiar semantic shift from *ar- 'rare, scarce' (cf. Tam. arukku 'to make scarce, reduce', possibly > 'to bargain, be miserly'?).
Number in DED : 0223

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