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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ara-
Meaning : file (n.)
Tamil : aram
Tamil meaning : file, rasp
Tamil derivates : arāvu (arāvi-), irāvu (irāvi-) to file, polish, rub, grate
Malayalam : aram
Malayalam meaning : file
Malayalam derivates : irāvuka, rākuka to file
Kannada : ara, arna
Kannada meaning : file
Tulu : ara
Tulu meaning : file
Proto-Nilgiri : *arǝ-m
Notes : Probably an old (PSDR or older) nominal derivative of *arai- 'to rub, grind'. Tamil and Malayalam forms in i- are, however, quite mysterious, because even in reduced position Tam. a- is never known to be neutralised with i-.
Number in DED : 0228

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