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Proto-Altaic: *č`[a]ge
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of plant (reed) and its bast
Russian meaning: вид растения (тростника) и его кора
Turkic: *čɨg (~-ɨ̄-)
Mongolian: *čaɣal-su
Korean: *čjòhắi
Comments: PKE 39 (Kor.-Mong.). The meaning 'paper' in Mong. and Kor. must be derived from original '(reed) bast, bark'. Labialized -o- (as well as the source of modern -ŋ-) in Kor. is not quite clear.

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