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Proto-Altaic: *kĕ̀ma (~ -o)
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: to gnaw, bite
Russian meaning: грызть, кусать
Turkic: *gEmür-
Mongolian: *kemeli-
Tungus-Manchu: *kem-ki-
Japanese: *kàm-
Comments: KW 225, АПиПЯЯ 112, 274, Лексика 262. Borrowing in Mong. from Turk. is impossible (despite Щербак 1997, 126); the Manchu form, however, may be < Mong. (see Rozycki 137).

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