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Eurasiatic: *mVlV
Meaning: bad, sick, weak ( > sometimes 'small'?)
Indo-European: *mel- (also 'small' 778)
Altaic: *mòle
Uralic: ? FU *m[o]ḷV 'little'
Kartvelian: ? Georg., Megr. mal- 'to hide, hide oneself'
Dravidian: *māḷ-
Comments: Cf. also *mā̀li 'disease, wound'; PD *māl- 'confused, perturbed, intoxicated'
References: ND 1402 *m[ä]LV 'to hide' (Georg. + IE + part of TM); 1405 *m[a]HḷV 'little, young' (FU, part of IE + differ. Turk.).

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