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Proto-Altaic: *nĭ̀ra
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: spine
Russian meaning: позвоночник
Turkic: *jɨr
Mongolian: *niruɣu
Tungus-Manchu: *niri-
Japanese: *nà(n)tùki
Comments: EAS 76-77, KW 281, Poppe 39, 116, Колесникова 1972а, 88-89, Дыбо 306. Despite Doerfer MT 114, evidently not a loan in TM from Mong. The comparison with Turkic is possible if we suppose a usual semantic development 'North' < 'back'.

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