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Proto-Altaic: *zi̯àre
Meaning: to cut, tear, shave
Russian meaning: резать, драть, брить
Turkic: *jara
Mongolian: *sirka
Tungus-Manchu: *sir-
Japanese: *sǝ̀r-
Comments: The root has a general meaning 'cut' in the Eastern area (TM and Japanese), and a more specialized meaning - 'wound' - in the Turko-Mongolian area; it is not quite clear which one is more archaic.

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