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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *(a)mAṭA ~ *(a)PÃṭA
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: snake
Abkhaz: á-mat
Abaza: matǝ (Ashkh.)
Ubykh: anṭá
Comments: PAT *matǝ (with secondary deglottalisation). Klimov (1967, 302) suggests that the root may be cognate with PAK *-nṭa in *Lanṭá 'flexible', but this is highly dubious. Ub. anṭá < *am(ǝ)ṭa with assimilation.

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