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Proto-Altaic: *sìbi
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: bitter, bitter plant
Russian meaning: горький, горькое растение
Turkic: *sibüt
Mongolian: *sibag
Tungus-Manchu: *sipa ( ~ -b-)
Korean: *psɨ́-
Japanese: *sìmpù- / *sìpǝ̀-
Comments: For the usage of the root to denote bitter plants cf. also OJ sibu-kusa 'sorrel'; perhaps also MKor. psúk 'Artemisia' (which is tempting to identify with Mong. sibag). In Kor. we have a secondary metathesis < *spɨ-, like psɨ́r- < *spɨr- < *šĭp`V 'sweep' q. v.

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