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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *sim-an- ~ *sin-am-
Meaning: oil, fat, (fat) milk
Borean etymology: Borean etymology
Semitic: *šam(-an)- 'fat, oil'
Berber: *-sim(-an)- '(liquid) fat, milk'
Egyptian: smy (med.) 'fat milk, cream'
Western Chadic: *sin(-am)- 'oil'
Central Chadic: (?) *sVmVn- 'thick'
East Chadic: *siwan- (<*siman-?) 'oil' 1, 'melted butter/oil' 2, 'fat' (n.) 3, 'fat' (adj.) 4
Warazi (Dullay): *šinam- 'butter' 1, 'fat' 2
Notes: Cf. SED 248; Bla Review 505. Cf. *sibin- 'oil, butter' (2853).

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