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Proto-Altaic: *keru(ĺV)
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of predator
Russian meaning: вид хищника
Turkic: *KArɨĺ-
Mongolian: *kereldüg
Tungus-Manchu: *kelte- ( < *kerelte-?)
Korean: *kar-
Japanese: *kunturi
Comments: The root must have denoted some big predator, probably the wolverine. Cf. also MMong. (HY 10) qarxulax 'small tiger'.

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