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Proto-South Dravidian : *balap-
Meaning : chalk, pot-stone
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : palappam, valappam
Tamil meaning : a kind of soft stone used to write on wooden boards
Malayalam : valappam
Malayalam meaning : a sort of chalk
Kannada : balā̆pa, baḷaha
Kannada meaning : a whitish pot-stone, Lapis allaris, frequently used (as a substitute for slate pencil, etc.) in writing
Tulu : baḷapu, balavu
Tulu meaning : potstone, glimmer, slate
Number in DED : 4014

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