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Proto-Altaic: *si̯ằjrí
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: nit, louse
Russian meaning: гнида, вошь
Turkic: *sirke
Mongolian: *sirke
Tungus-Manchu: *sire-
Korean: *hjǝ̀
Japanese: *sìrám(u)i
Comments: KW 360, АПиПЯЯ 73, 83, 87, 276 (confused with the reflexes of *si̯uru q. v.), Лексика 182, Whitman 1985, 168. In Turkic a secondary narrowing (*sirke < *serke or *si̯arke) occurred. Mong. may be < Turkic. In Kor. we have to suppose *si̯àjri > *hjǝ̀ (with tone modified because of contraction).

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