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Proto-Altaic: *t`āma
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: wall, roof
Russian meaning: стена, крыша
Turkic: *Tām
Mongolian: *tama
Tungus-Manchu: *tamV-
Korean: *tám
Japanese: *tàmùruá
Comments: EAS 116, KW 377. Mong. (Kalm.) tam may be < Turkic. Although semantically quite plausible, phonetically there are difficulties: PT has a secondary voicing and Kor.-Jpn. have irregular tone (not corresponding to PT length). See VEWT 459.

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