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Proto-South Dravidian : *sānd-
Meaning : to smear, rub into paste; substance
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : cāttu (cātti-)
Tamil meaning : to daub, smear, anoint
Tamil derivates : cāntam sandal; cāntu sandal tree, sandal paste, black pigment made of burnt rice or ragi used as tilaka, sacred ashes, paste, mortar, plaster; cantu sandalwood; catur (-pp-, -tt-) to daub, besmear
Malayalam : cāntu
Malayalam meaning : compound ointment of sandal, camphor, musk and saffron; cement; tar
Kannada : sādu, sāndu
Kannada meaning : a fragrant substance, perfume, the black colour made of burnt rice or ragi with which females and children mark their foreheads
Kodagu : cāndɨ
Kodagu meaning : sandalwood
Tulu : sādikè
Tulu meaning : smearing
Number in DED : 2448

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