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Proto-Altaic: *pi̯àri
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: finger, finger width (measure)
Russian meaning: палец, ширина пальца (мера)
Turkic: *biarŋak
Tungus-Manchu: *pargan
Korean: *pắr
Japanese: *pia
Comments: Whitman 1985, 153-154, 210 (Kor.-Jpn.). Jpn. *pia < *pi̯àr(i)-ga (cf. TM *par-ga-) or < *pi̯àr(i)-ŋa (cf. PT *biar-ŋa-k). For the reflex *-a- in TM see notes to *pi̯ắlagV. The original meaning is 'finger, finger width', whence 'bedding, layer ("one finger thick")'. Such a combination of meanings is still clearly seen in TM (without which the Turkic and Jpn.-Kor. forms would be hardly comparable).

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