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Proto-Altaic: *ńi̯ūnŋe
Meaning: direction, sign
Russian meaning: направление, указание
Turkic: *jȫn
Mongolian: *ǯöŋ
Tungus-Manchu: *ńuŋ-
Japanese: *muna-i
Comments: An interesting common Altaic root, with quite plausible phonetic and semantic correspondences; however, some contaminations with *nuŋu 'chief, master' were possible.

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