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Proto-Altaic: *šā̀k`a
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: white
Russian meaning: белый
Turkic: *čakɨr
Mongolian: *čagaɣan
Tungus-Manchu: *šāk-
Comments: Владимирцов 248, Цинциус 1984, 12-13, АПиПЯЯ 293. A Western isogloss. The Mong. variants *čaji- / *čeji- reflect most probably a merger with the root *šā̀ŋu 'clear, light' q. v.

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