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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *Iẓ-ai
Meaning : yarn; thread
Tamil : iẓai
Tamil meaning : yarn, single-twisted thread, darning
Tamil derivates : (-v-, -nt-) to be reeled, as yarn; (-pp-, -tt-) to spin
Malayalam : iẓa
Malayalam meaning : a single thread, long hair
Malayalam derivates : iẓekka to patch, mend; iḷekkuka to wind up thread
Kannada : eẓe
Kannada meaning : thread
Kannada derivates : eẓtu the string or cord of the warp of the texture of a cot
Tulu : ile
Tulu meaning : a hair, fibre
Tulu derivates : (B-K.) iḷe, eḷe a fibre, thread
Proto-Nilgiri : *eḷ
Number in DED : 0506

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