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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *ek-
Meaning : to contract the stomach
Tamil : ekku (ekki-)
Tamil meaning : to contract the abdominal muscles, as beggars do to show hunger, as persons while dressing round the waist, as a cow in refusing to give milk
Malayalam : ekkuka
Malayalam meaning : to contract the stomach
Malayalam derivates : ikkaḷikka to draw in the stomach; ekkaḷikkuka to contract the stomach; ekkaḷippu contracting the stomach; eŋŋuka to become contracted
Kannada : akkuḷisu, akkaḷisu
Kannada meaning : the belly to be drawn in or contracted (on account of hunger, etc.), contract (the muscles of) the belly
Kannada derivates : akkaḷike drawing in the muscles of the stomach, or these muscles being drawn in
Proto-Nilgiri : *eg-
Number in DED : 0774

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