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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *bom-ai
Meaning : puppet, doll
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : pommai, pommal
Tamil meaning : puppet, doll, effigy
Malayalam : bomma
Malayalam meaning : puppet, doll
Kannada : bombe
Kannada meaning : puppet, doll, effigy
Kannada derivates : (Gowda) kaṇṇɨ bombe pupil of eye
Tulu : bombè
Tulu meaning : puppet, doll, image
Notes : The root is somewhat dubious (cf. Mal. bomma with an initial b- which can only be a recent borrowing).
Number in DED : 4530

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