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Sino-Tibetan etymology :

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Proto-Sino-Tibetan: *khāl (~ gh-, qh-, Gh-)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: river, ford
Chinese: *ghāj river.
Tibetan: rgal a ford, rgal (p., f. brgal, i. rgol) to ford (a river), to step over etc.
Kachin: ukhan2 a ford.
Lushai: kal walk, go
Lepcha: krul the bed of river or course of mountain, the divisions of land or country (?)
Comments: Peiros-Starostin 216; Coblin 59-60. ? Cf. Lush. kai (kai) to cross over (as river); Kulung el- 'flow (of a river)'.

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