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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *(ʔV-)pil-
Meaning: flea, louse
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Semitic: *pVl- 'kind of insect, louse'
Egyptian: py 'flea' (med) (?)
Western Chadic: *mpil- 'fire-bug, firefly'
Central Chadic: *(ʔa-)filay- 'spider' 1, 'flea' 2, 't. of ant' 3, 't. of worm' 4, 'tick, mite' 5
Central Cushitic (Agaw): *pil- 'flea'
Low East Cushitic: *fill- 'flea'
High East Cushitic: *pill- 'flea' (?)
Warazi (Dullay): *fill- 'flea'
South Cushitic: *paʔal- 'flying termite' (?)
Omotic: *ṗill- 'flea'
Notes: Cf. Bla Beja 9: Beḍ (fallúus 'sandfly' ?); Agaw; Om.: Kafa; Eg. (?); Sem.: Arb. Cf. also EDE II 411-12; 393.

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