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Proto-Altaic: *ni̯áme
Meaning: a k. of vessel
Russian meaning: вид сосуда
Turkic: *jAm
Mongolian: *namaɣa
Tungus-Manchu: *nim(b)a
Korean: *nìmắr
Comments: There are some indications in Turkic and TM that the root in question denoted a big vessel for tanning skins; in the Eastern area, however, it is also used for a boat or part of a boat (with a natural transition 'vessel' > 'boat').

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