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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *elā
Meaning : interj. of addressing
Tamil : elā
Tamil meaning : interj. used in addressing a person in a familiar or friendly manner
Tamil derivates : ellā here, you!; a word used in addressing a woman friend; ellē here, you! used in addressing a woman friend; an excl. of wonder or pity; ellō excl. expressive of surprise or pity; ila excl. used in ancient times in addressing a woman in a familiar manner; eluva (always in vocative), eluval, eluvan_ man-friend; eluvai lady-companion; ēlā excl. of familiar address to a companion, whether man or woman
Kannada : elā, ele, elē, elo, elō
Kannada meaning : excl. of a familiar and friendly character, used in calling or directly addressing any person
Kannada derivates : elage ho! used in calling to females
Tulu : elā
Tulu meaning : interj. of surprise
Proto-Nilgiri : *el
Number in DED : 0831

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