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Proto-Altaic: *kìjá
Meaning: a k. of grass
Russian meaning: вид травы
Turkic: *Kɨj(g)ak
Mongolian: *kija-
Tungus-Manchu: *kijo-kta
Korean: *kójōm
Japanese: *kàjá
Comments: The root denotes some wild-growing grass with sharp edges or thorns. In Kor. there probably occurred a secondary vowel assimilation (*káj- would be expected). Some interaction with *kúja 'nut' was possible, especially in the Kor.-Jap. area.

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