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Proto-Altaic: *k`ile
Meaning: a k. of fish or lizard
Russian meaning: вид рыбы или ящерицы
Turkic: *keler / *keleŕ / *kelte
Mongolian: *kilim
Tungus-Manchu: *xilkun
Comments: A Western isogloss. In Turkic we are dealing perhaps with a merger of this root with a different one, reflected in Mong. gölbürge 'lizard' (KW 138), Khalkha gürbel (whence Yak. külgeri, kürgeli). Cf. also *kalu, *k`ùla.

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