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Proto-IE: *(e)wel- (Gr hw-/ew-)
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: great number; to heap
Tokharian: A wälts, B yaltse (PT *w'ältse) 'thousand' (Adams 486); B walke 'for a long time' (582); A waltsurā 'in brief', B wälts- 'put together, press together' (597)
Old Greek: ep., ion. ẹ̄léō, dor., el. weleō, ep., delph. *ẹ̄́lomai̯ (ẹ̄lómeno-, ẹ̄lésthō), aor. inf. élsai̯, ep., lyr. eélsai̯. pass. eálēn, alḗmenai̯, alḗs, pf. med. ep. éelmai̯, -méno, pf. prt. eólẹ̄ (?) `zusammendrängen, -drücken, -ziehen, einengen, einschliessen'; att. íllō, ẹ̄́llō `id.'; ī́la f., ion. ẹ̄́lǟ f. `Schar, Truppe', īladón `scharenweise, in Geschwadern'; adv. hális `in Menge, genug', *wáli-: gáli = hikanón Hsch.; ẹ̄̂lar n. etwa `Schutzwehr', hālḗs, ep., poet. aollḗs `versammelt, zusammengedrängt, in geschlossenen Massen'; eksọ̄lǟ́ `Verdrängung, Verbannung', ọ̄lamó-s m. `Gedränge, Getümmel, Gewühl'
Slavic: *velьmi, -ma; *velьjь, *velīkъ; *vālъ `множество', *vālovъ, *vālī́tī
Baltic: *wal-ī̂- vb.
Russ. meaning: множество; валить в кучу
References: WP I 295 f
piet-prnum,piet-meaning,piet-tokh,piet-greek,piet-slav,piet-balt,piet-rusmean,piet-refer,

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