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Proto-Altaic: *nek`V
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: friend, relative
Russian meaning: друг, родственник
Mongolian: *nökör
Tungus-Manchu: *neku-
Comments: A Mong.-Tung. isogloss. The root seems to be different from *nī̀k`e and *ńi̯ṑge, although there may have been some natural confusion. It is interesting to note Jpn. naka(ma) 'friend' - perhaps a secondary contamination with naka 'middle'?

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