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Altaic etymology :

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Proto-Altaic: *borso(k`V)
Meaning: badger
Russian meaning: барсук
Turkic: *borsuk, *borsmuk
Mongolian: *borki
Korean: *ùsɨ̀rk
Japanese: *bǝ̀sákí, *ùsákí
Comments: The meaning in Jpn. ('hare') is probably a result of contamination with *t`ŏ̀gsu-k`V 'hare' (which should have normally yielded PJ *tusaki); this could also explain the tonal discrepancy between Jpn. and Kor. Korean, as in several other cases, has a loss *b- > *0-; cf. Old Koguryo *wus(i)kam 'rabbit' (see Miller 1979, 10). All languages reflect a trisyllabic form *borso-k`V, with an original diminutive suffix. Loss of -s- in Mong. is somewhat strange; cf. perhaps alternatively TM *barka-na 'bear's cub' > Evk. barka-na, barka-čan, Neg. bajkana, Ud. bakana (ТМС 1, 75).
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Proto-Turkic: *borsuk, *borsmuk
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: badger
Russian meaning: барсук
Karakhanid: borsmuq (MK), borsuq (MK Oghuz)
Turkish: porsuk
Tatar: bursɨq
Middle Turkic: porsuq (Sangl.)
Uzbek: bɔrsiq
Uighur: borsuq
Azerbaidzhan: porsuG
Khakassian: porsɨx, morsɨx, (dial.) moršɨx
Shor: porsuq
Oyrat: morsɨq
Chuvash: porъš
Tuva: morzuq
Tofalar: borsuq
Kirghiz: borso-l-doj 'young badger'
Kazakh: borsɨq
Noghai: borsɨq
Bashkir: burhɨq
Balkar: borsuq
Karakalpak: porsɨq
Salar: porsuχ (ССЯ)
Kumyk: porsuq
Comments: EDT 369, Лексика 164, TMN 2, 284, ЭСТЯ 7, Егоров 165, Федотов 1, 446-447. Reflexes of m- in Siberian languages may be due to the nasal in the suffix (cf. the form in MK). Among the traditional derivations one should mention the connection with *bur-sɨ- 'to stink, rot', but external parallels indicate that this is rather a folk etymology.
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Mongolian etymology :

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Proto-Mongolian: *borki
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: old badger
Russian meaning: старый барсук
Written Mongolian: borki (L 121)
Khalkha: boŕx
Kalmuck: borkǝ
Comments: KW 52.
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Korean etymology :

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Proto-Korean: *ùsɨ̀rk
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: badger
Russian meaning: барсук
Middle Korean: ùsɨ̀rk
Comments: Nam 390.
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Japanese etymology :

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Proto-Japanese: *bǝ̀sákí, *ùsákí
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: hare
Russian meaning: заяц
Old Japanese: usakji, OJ East. dial. wosagji
Middle Japanese: ùsági
Tokyo: ùsagi
Kyoto: ùsàgí
Kagoshima: usagí
Comments: JLTT 564, JOAL 116-118.
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