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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *pōẓ-/*poṭ-ai
Meaning : to cleave, split
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : pōẓ (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to be cleft, split, gape, be disunited; split, cleave open, dispel, destroy; n. cleft, piece
Tamil derivates : pōẓvu cleft, fissure; pōẓ-vāy open mouth; pōṭu hole, opening, cleft
Kannada : pōẓ
Kannada meaning : to cleave, split, divide into parts; n. a split, piece, slice
Kannada derivates : pōẓal hollow of a tree; pōḍu splitting; (K2) vb. to split up; pōṭe hole in a tree, cavern, hollow; poṭṭe, poṭṭare, poṭre hole in a tree, hollow of a tree
Tulu : poṭṭè
Tulu meaning : the hollow of a stalk or tree
Proto-Nilgiri : *bōṭ
Notes : Two different roots here; considering that the root structure (*PVR- 'hole, hollow') is rather common, the exact ways of contamination are rather hard to establish. Kota bōṭ is certainly contaminated with *bōr_-.
Number in DED : 4599

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