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Proto-Altaic: *mi̯ūko
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: snake
Russian meaning: змея
Turkic: *böke
Mongolian: *mogaji
Tungus-Manchu: *mǖkǖ
Korean: *mǝk-
Japanese: *múkátai ( ~ -tia)
Comments: АПиПЯЯ 36, 293, Лексика 180. The Mong.-Tung. match is precise; other reflexes present bigger or lesser problems, possibly of tabooistic nature. PJ has irregular tone (but cf. the accentuation in Kyoto, pointing to *mùká-); in PT one would rather expect a back vowel; the Kor. word is analysed as "ink-snake" (which is probably a folk-etymology).

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