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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *PāN-ai
Meaning : a k. of pot
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : pān_ai
Tamil meaning : large earthen pot; a measure of capacity
Tamil derivates : pāṇā large rounded pot
Malayalam : pāna, pāni
Malayalam meaning : water pot
Kannada : pāne, hāne
Kannada meaning : a pot of metal or earth
Kannada derivates : bāne, bāna, bāni large earthen pot with a broad mouth
Kodagu : pāni
Kodagu meaning : a measure (= two sērɨ)
Tulu : pāṇi, pāṇè
Tulu meaning : a large pot
Tulu derivates : pānè a kind of brass vessel; bāna, bāṇa water-vessel
Proto-Nilgiri : *pāṇ-ĭ
Notes : Most probably two different roots here, hopelessly contaminated, which explains both the variations between voiced/voiceless labials in the anlaut and dental/retroflex nasal in the inlaut.
Number in DED : 4124

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