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Eurasiatic: *Cap`a (?)
Meaning: take into hands
Indo-European: *sep- 'take into hands' (?)
Altaic: *ǯap`u
Kartvelian: ? *ć̣ap- (or Georg. ǯapa- 'work hard')
Dravidian: ? *čap-
Comments: Another possible match for PIE could be PA *sep`a 'to grip'.
References: МССНЯ 332, ОСНЯ 2, 111; ND 2673 *ZapV 'to make, work' (Turk. + Georg. ǯapa- + ??IE *op-), 2747 *ʒaṗV ~ *ʒapV 'to hold, catch'.

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