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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *ǯēlge
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: crack, narrow passage
Russian meaning: щель, узкий проход
Evenki: ǯēlge
Nanai: ǯelgẽ
Comments: ТМС 1, 283. Nan. has a secondary vowel shortening (the old length is proved also by the Dagur loanword from TM - ǯēlge, ǯēleg, see Тод. Даг. 143).

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