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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *č̣ilam-
Meaning: be dark, black
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Semitic: *t_̣Vlam- 'be dark, be black'
Central Chadic: *čilVm- 'dark'1 , 'black' 2
East Chadic: *zilim- 'black'
South Cushitic: *c̣alam- 'green'
Notes: Derived from *č̣al-/*č̣il- "shadow". Cf. also LEC *ḍelam- 'return of the cattle home in the evening' (Som ḍelan < *ḍelam, pl. ḍelmo) and ECh *č̣ulum- 'west' < * 'dark (side)': Mig čulum-ti

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