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Proto-South Dravidian : *cet-ai
Meaning : rubbish, dirt; dry grass, hay
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : cettai
Tamil meaning : dry rubbish, dried vegetable matter as grass, leaves, etc., hay, straw
Tamil derivates : cettal dry, over-ripe coconut on the tree, shrivelled palmyra or other fruit, dried chillies, plantain trees, vegetables or grass; cetuku rubbish, chaff, dried leaves
Malayalam : cetta, cer_r_a
Malayalam meaning : little sticks or leaves for kindling a fire or covering a hut, what is made of it, screen or wicket of wicker work
Kannada : satte, sade, sedage
Kannada meaning : rubbish, dirt, stuff, trash
Tulu : sedè€
Tulu meaning : sweeping, rubbish
Miscellaneous : KOR (M) sada rubbish
Notes : A shift of accent in North-South-Dravidian?
Number in DED : 2770

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