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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *š́ʷA
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: year
Abkhaz: á-škʷs
Abaza: skʷšǝ
Ubykh: šʷa
Comments: Ub. def. á-šʷa. PAT *šǝ-kʷǝśǝ : probably from earlier *šʷǝ-kʷǝśǝ with dissimilation (cf. also different dissimilations and metatheses in modern languages: Bz. á-śkʷś, Abaz. skʷšǝ). The meaning of the component -kʷǝśǝ is not clear. Abdokov (1973, 54) compared the Abkh. word with AK *jǝʎasǝ 'year' which is improbable.

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