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Eurasiatic: *ɣwVĺV
Meaning: waves, shallow place
Indo-European: *welǝn-, *welǝm-
Altaic: *óĺa ( ~ u-, i̯-)
Kartvelian: OG ɣelva-j, G. ɣelva 'Wogen, Wellengang'
Dravidian: *elv-
Eskimo-Aleut: *ulǝ(v)
Comments: Cf. *(H)wiɫV
References: ND 711 *G[e]l̄V(-wV) 'to rise in waves' (Kartv.-Drav. + very dubious IE and Arab.).

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