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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *āj-
Meaning : to search; to choose
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : āy (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to search, examine, select, pluck, gather
Tamil derivates : āymai spirit of investigation; āyntōr wise men, brahmans; āyvu investigation, research
Malayalam : āyka
Malayalam meaning : to select, cull, gather, array
Kannada : āy (āyd-), āyi
Kannada meaning : to collect, gather, select, cull; n. collecting, etc.
Kannada derivates : āykuḷi, āyikuḷi a collector (of alms), beggar; choosing, selecting, picking up
Kodagu : āy- (āyuv-, āñj-)
Kodagu meaning : to choose
Kodagu derivates : (Shanmugam) āyv choosing, research
Tulu : āyuni
Tulu meaning : to select, choose, gather, pick up
Tulu derivates : āyāvuni to winnow; ajapuni to select, choose; ajappu selection
Proto-Nilgiri : *āj-
Number in DED : 0363

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