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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *ʔam-
Meaning: eat
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Egyptian: ʕm (n) 'swallow' - Cf.
Western Chadic: *ʔVm- 'eat soft food'
East Chadic: *ʔay/wVm- 'eat (hard things)' 1, 'bite' 2
Central Cushitic (Agaw): Aungi ǝŋ-, Qemant (y)ǝŋ 'to bite' EDE I 93 after Appl
South Cushitic: *ʔam- 'chew' ?
Notes: Descriptive stem. Cf. *ham- id. (3120).

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