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Proto-Altaic: *k`ĕ̀ĺú
Meaning: a small wild animal
Russian meaning: вид мелкого дикого животного
Turkic: *Küĺül
Mongolian: *kerelǯegene
Tungus-Manchu: *xeldegde ( -gǯe)
Japanese: *kùsá(m)pú
Comments: In Turkic one has to suppose vowel assimilation (*Küĺül < *Keĺül), and in Mong. - a regular r/l metathesis ( < *keler-ǯegene). Cf. a number of similar roots, with a possibility of contaminations: see *keru, *k`i̯ū́ĺa, *ki̯ùti, *k`ela.

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