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Avar-Andian etymology :

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Protoform: *ʔazal ( ~ o)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 strawberry 2 rowan
Avar: azáli
Akhvakh: aža-naq:e 1
Chamalal: azal 2
Godoberi: azal 2
Comments: The Av. word has a specific meaning: "silk fibres of a cocoon; maize stigmata". In Akhv. (Magomedbekova writes: ažaneq:e) meaning of the component -neq:e is not clear (aža- can be analyzed as aža 'bush', but external evidence clearly shows that it is a folk etymology, due to the merger of *z and *ž in Akhvakh).

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