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Proto-Japanese: *sápa
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: 1 bog, marsh 2 to dip; to smear with lacquer
Russian meaning: 1 болото 2 окунать; мазать лаком
Old Japanese: safa 1
Middle Japanese: sáfá 1, safa-s- 2
Tokyo: sawá 1, sawas- 2
Kyoto: sáwà 1
Kagoshima: sáwa 1
Comments: JLTT 520, 748. Modern dialects point unanimously to *sápà, but RJ shows high tone in the 2d syllable.

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