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Proto-IE: *smerw-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: butter, marrow
Tokharian: B ṣmare 'smooth; oil' (Adams 668)
Old Greek: mǘro-n n. `wohlriechendes Salböl, Salbe, Parfüm'; smǘris, -idos; smíris, -idos, -eōs (late authors); smirís Hsch. f. 'emery-powder'
Baltic: *smar̂-s-a- c.
Germanic: *smirw-a- n., *smír-ɵr-a- n.; *smirw-ia- vb.
Latin: medulla f. `das Mark in Knochen und Pflanzen' (a contamination with с medius)
Celtic: OIr smi(u)r, gen. smera `Mark'; Cymr mer `Mark'
Russ. meaning: масло, костный мозг
References: WP II 690 f

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