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Proto-Altaic: *egmV
Meaning: shoulder, collarbone
Russian meaning: плечо, ключица
Turkic: *egin
Mongolian: *eɣem
Tungus-Manchu: *emu-ge
Comments: KW 130, Владимирцов 321, Poppe 60, Колесникова 1972а, 92-93, Дыбо 307, Лексика 240. A Western isogloss. Despite Щербак 1997, 114, Mong. is not < Turk. May be derived from *ĕgi 'to bend' q. v. Doerfer (TMN 2, 192) protests against the Turk.-Mong. comparison, but restricts himself to "einigen grundsätzlichen Bemerkungen" (a loan theory would have to explain Turk. *-n > Mong. -m).

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