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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *ḳʷać̣ǝ (~ *ḳ́ʷ-)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 entrails, intestines 2 meat
Abkhaz: a-ḳʷác 2
Adyghe: ḳʷac̣ 1
Kabardian: ḳʷac̣ 1
Comments: PAT *ḳʷaćǝ (cf. Bz. a-ḳʷáć); PAK *ḳʷác̣ǝ. In Abkh. we must suppose a dissimilative deglottalisation of the second consonant. The meaning 'meat' in Abkh. is obviously secondary (a-ž́ǝ q.v. was the original name for meat).

    Different attempts to analise the AK stem as a compound (see Shagirov 1, 217 with literature) seem rather arbitrary. It is probably best to regard the root as a whole.


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