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Proto-Altaic: *kḗp`V
Meaning: belly
Russian meaning: живот
Turkic: *gēp-
Mongolian: *keweli
Tungus-Manchu: *kepel-
Comments: Владимирцов 205. Despite Doerfer MT 93, Rozycki 104 the TM forms cannot easily be explained as mongolisms (except Sol. kêli). The root is homonymous (except for the final vowel which is in this case unknown) with *kḗp`à 'shape', and one wonders if it is in fact not the same root, but semantically influenced by another similar one, PA *kĕpV 'upper part of body'.

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