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Proto-Altaic: *p`éŋi
Meaning: to gape, hole
Russian meaning: зиять, отверстие
Turkic: *eŋ-
Tungus-Manchu: *peŋ-
Korean: *pǝ̀ŋ-
Japanese: *pímá
Comments: SKE 197-198. Most languages reveal a variation of meanings 'gap' > 'to gape' ( > 'laugh, smile, be perplexed'). On a possible trace of this root in Mong. see *àŋa.

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