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Proto-Altaic: *nelmu
Meaning: a k. of cloth, coat
Russian meaning: вид ткани, верхней одежды
Turkic: *jAlma
Mongolian: *nolom
Tungus-Manchu: *nelme-
Comments: Дыбо 15, ТМС 1, 635. A Western isogloss; vocalism is not quite clear. Note also MJpn. (late attested) nume 'a k. of silk' (if not < numa- 'to be slippery, smooth')?

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