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Proto-Altaic: *pák`[ò]
Meaning: a k. of fish or sea animal
Russian meaning: вид рыбы или морского животного
Turkic: *buka ( = *boka)
Tungus-Manchu: *paxan
Korean: *pòk
Japanese: *púká
Comments: Лексика 178. The vocalism reflects a variation between *pak`o (in most languages) and *pak`u ( > Jpn. *púká), perhaps under the influence of a similar fish name *bek`ú q. v.

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