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Proto-Japanese: *ǝpǝ-mǝnǝ
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: food
Russian meaning: пища, еда
Old Japanese: op(w)omono
Comments: JLTT 509. The analysis of the word as "big thing" is obviously a folk etymology: cf. the same root also in a verbal derivative OJ op(w)o-k- 'to eat greedily'.

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