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Proto-South Dravidian : *mēj-
Meaning : to graze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : mēy (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to graze, feed, prey on (as birds or beasts), gnaw (as white ants), roam, lead a profligate life
Tamil derivates : (-pp-, -tt-) to make to graze, feed; mēykki one who tends cattle, shepherd, cowherd; mēyccal grazing, common pasturage, grazing ground, food, profligacy; mēyppan_ herdsman, shepherd, grazier; mēyppu feeding, pasturing, grazing ground; mēyal grazing, pasture, herbage for cattle to eat; mēyavan_, mēyān_ resident, dweller; mēvu (mēvi-) to eat
Malayalam : mēyka
Malayalam meaning : to graze, browse
Malayalam derivates : mēykka to cause animals to graze or eat, feed, tend; mēypikka to cause another to feed cattle; mēccal, (Kauṭ.) mēccil grazing
Kannada : mē, mēyu (mēd-), mēy (mēyd-)
Kannada meaning : to graze, eat grass, browse, feed, eat
Kannada derivates : mēyisu, mēsu to graze (tr.), feed, cause animals to eat; (PBh.) mēta grazing; mēpu, mēhu, mēvu grazing, pasturage, feed of any kind; (PBh.) mēvaḷi graizng land, pasturage
Kodagu : mēy- (mēv-/mēyuv-, mēñj-)
Kodagu meaning : to graze, (mēp-, mēc-) id. (tr.); mēci food (for cattle, birds, etc.)
Tulu : mēyuni, mēpini
Tulu meaning : to graze, eat grass
Tulu derivates : mēpuni to feed or graze cattle; mēpāvuni to cause to feed or graze cattle; mēcelụ pasture, meadow; mēpari, mēpā̆li grazier, one who tends cattle; mēpu, mēvu food, fodder, pasturage; mēva a sweet kind of food, anything edible
Proto-Nilgiri : *mēj-
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