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Proto-Altaic: *si̯ŏ̀pe ( ~ -i)
Meaning: rib
Russian meaning: ребро
Turkic: *sabar
Mongolian: *sübe-
Tungus-Manchu: *subi-
Comments: KW 341; Doerfer MT 61-62 (Mong.-Tung.: "schwierige Verhältnisse"). A Western isogloss. Phonetically a good match would be Kor. hǝpha 'lung', but the meaning raises some doubts.

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