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Proto-Altaic: *ắmo
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: mouth; taste (*amo-t`a, *amo-sa)
Russian meaning: рот; вкус (*amo-t`a,*amo-sa)
Turkic: *um-, *um-sa-
Mongolian: *ama-, *amsa-, *amta
Tungus-Manchu: *amŋa, *amta-
Korean: *más
Japanese: *ámá-, *ántí
Comments: EAS 116, 140, Poppe 68, Колесникова 1972а, 73-77, Martin 248, АПиПЯЯ 46-47, 70, 291, Rozycki 18. A common Altaic root with old derivatives meaning 'taste': *ámo-sa- > Turk. *umsa-, Mong. *amsa-, Kor. *más; *ámo-t`a > Mong. *amta, TM *amta-, Jpn. *ántí. The deriving root itself, with its basic meaning 'mouth', could probably also designate 'to taste' in predicative function (cf. the suffixless Jpn. *ámá- 'tasty, sweet' and PT *um- (*'to taste, have a taste for' > 'to hope'). Despite Doerfer MT 19, TM *amŋa 'mouth' cannot have anything in common with Mong. *haŋga 'crack, hole' (on this form see under *àŋa and *p`éŋi).

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