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Proto-South Dravidian : *bōẓ-
Meaning : bald
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : pōṭu
Tamil meaning : baldness, shaven condition
Kannada : bōẓisu
Kannada meaning : to shave (esp. the head)
Kannada derivates : bōẓu a bald, close-shaved state; a roofless, leafless, treeless state; bōẓe state of being without hair, etc.; bōẓa man with bald or shaven head; bald, shaven; fem. bōẓi; bōḍi one who is bare or destitute of hair or of horns
Tulu : bōruni, bōḷasuni, bōḷisuni
Tulu meaning : to shave, strip off
Tulu derivates : bōrụ, bōru bald, shaven, uncovered; bōḷu id., hornless; bōḷuni to become bald; shave; bōḷi widow whose head has been shorn
Proto-Nilgiri : *bōṛ-
Notes : The form in Tamil is hardly archaic, judging by the irregular correspondences; probably borrowed from a Kannada dialect.
Number in DED : 4600

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