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Proto-South Dravidian : *kār-
Meaning : pungent, hot
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : kār (-pp-, -tt-)
Tamil meaning : to be pungent, acrid, hot to the taste, be very saltish or brackish
Tamil derivates : kāram pungency; caustic; alkali; kārppu pungency, saltness; kari (-pp-, -tt-) to be saltish to the taste, smart (as the eyes from oil or soap or chilli), feel an irritating sensation in the throat due to acidity of the stomach; nag, worry; karippu pungency, worrying, nagging; karil pungency; karakara (-pp-, -tt-) to feel irritation (as from sand or grit in the eye), feel irritation in the throat, be hoarse; karakarappu irritation in the throat, hoarseness; karakar-en_al being irritated in the throat
Malayalam : kāram
Malayalam meaning : caustic; different salts; pungency (as of pepper)
Malayalam derivates : karukarukka to be harsh, sharp, rough, irritating (e. g. of grating sensation in the eyes)
Kannada : kāra
Kannada meaning : pungency; alkali; caustic
Kannada derivates : (UNR) karlu salt land
Kodagu : kāra
Kodagu meaning : hot (as taste of curry)
Tulu : kāra
Tulu meaning : tasting or smelling hot; hot, pungent
Tulu derivates : kāruppu a strong or black sort of salt
Proto-Nilgiri : *kār-
Number in DED : 1466

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