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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *avai
Meaning : mother
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : avvai
Tamil meaning : mother, old woman, woman ascetic
Tamil derivates : tavvai mother, elder sister, goddess of misfortune as the older sister of Lakṣmī; evvai our younger sister
Kannada : avve, avva
Kannada meaning : mother (used as a title of respect and love), grandmother, any elderly woman
Kannada derivates : abbe mother
Kodagu : avvë
Kodagu meaning : mother, mother's sister or female parallel cousin
Tulu : abbè
Tulu meaning : an elderly woman, matron
Proto-Nilgiri : *avä
Number in DED : 0273

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