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Proto-South Dravidian : *venḍ-
Meaning : bone, pith
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : veṇṭu (veṇṭi-)
Tamil meaning : to dry as in the sun, become withered, be exhausted, be in great want, hanker; n. hollowness as of a pipe, a disease which causes hollowness in trees, sugar-cane, sola-pith
Malayalam : veṇṭ-elpu
Malayalam meaning : an old bone
Kannada : beṇḍu
Kannada meaning : the white and light corky wood of the beṇḍu kasa, used in making hats, etc., cork, pith, a soft, light, useless substance
Tulu : boṇḍu
Tulu meaning : pith
Tulu derivates : beṇḍụ, beṇḍu pith; a light and spongy plant growing in water, Aeschynomene aspera; thinness, leanness, lightness; thin, light, emaciated
Notes : Tulu forms with -e- might be borrowed from Kannada.
Number in DED : 5480

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