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Proto-Altaic: *p`ép`a
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: a k. of insect
Russian meaning: вид насекомого
Turkic: *apa-
Mongolian: *haba-kai
Tungus-Manchu: *pep-
Japanese: *pápái
Comments: An expressive root (possibly denoting originally some kind of locust or grasshopper), with some tabooistic changes in Turkic and Mongolian.

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