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Proto-South Dravidian : *meṭ-/*mēḍ-
Meaning : mound; hillock
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : meṭṭu
Tamil meaning : mound, heap of earth
Tamil derivates : mēṭu height, eminence, hillock; muṭṭu rising ground, high ground, heap
Malayalam : mēṭu
Malayalam meaning : rising ground, hillock
Malayalam derivates : māṭu hillock, raised ground; miṭṭāl rising ground, an alluvial bank; (Tiyya) maṭṭa hill
Kannada : mēḍu
Kannada meaning : height, rising ground, hillock
Kannada derivates : miṭṭu rising or high ground, hill; miṭṭe state of being high, rising ground, hill, mass, a large number; (Hav.) muṭṭe heap (as of straw)
Tulu : miṭṭè
Tulu meaning : prominent, protruding
Tulu derivates : muṭṭe heap
Notes : The two variants of the root seem to have been in free variation in PSDR (?). Vocalism correspondences are irregular: especially strange is Kannad/Tulu -i-. The forms with *-u- are due to contamination with *mūḍ- 'bundle, heap'.
Number in DED : 5058

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