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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *mer_-
Meaning : to glitter
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : meruku
Tamil meaning : smoothness, glitter, lustre, polish
Tamil derivates : meravaṇai procession
Kannada : merugu
Kannada meaning : shine, lustre
Kannada derivates : mir_ugu to glitter, flash, sparkle, shine; mir_u shining, sparkling; mir_ugu, mir_upu glitter, shine, lustre; mer_e to shine, gleam, glitter; become manifest, appear, assume an ostentatious appearance; make manifest, display; n. shine, lustre; mer_asu, mer_isu, mer_ayisu to cause to shine, make manifest, display, exhibit; mer_avaṇi, mer_avaṇ(i)ge ostentatious display
Tulu : merè
Tulu meaning : display, parade
Tulu derivates : merepini, mereyuni, merevuni to shine; swagger, make an ostentatious display; merepāvuni to make shine; merpu glitter, lustre; meraṇigè, meravaṇigè procession
Notes : Kannada merugu seems to be borrowed from Tamil (*mer_-gu > *mergu/meggu normally). The irregular i-vocalism in Kannada is possibly due to contamination with minugu 'to shine, glitter', etc.
Number in DED : 5074

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