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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *sāma
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: sign
Russian meaning: знак, метка
Evenki: sāme
Even: hām
Literary Manchu: samχa
Orok: sama-lkị
Nanai: sāmogdā̃ 'a talisman placed on the breast of the deceased so that the shaman can recognize him when taking his soul to the other world' (Он.)
Comments: ТМС 2, 60-61.

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