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Proto-Altaic: *k`i̯àp`e
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of insect, butterfly
Russian meaning: вид насекомого
Turkic: *kepelek
Mongolian: *kibe
Japanese: *kǝ̀pǝ̀rǝ́nkí ( ~-ua-)
Comments: Лексика 187. Cf. also names of 'bat': OJ kapapori, Evn. kêwêč (ТМС 1, 386). An expressive and not quite regular root.

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