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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *ʎ́V
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 mountain 2 high
Abkhaz: á-š́χa 1
Abaza: š́qa 1
Adyghe: ʎāɣa 2
Kabardian: ʎāɣa 2
Ubykh: ʎaxá 1
Comments: PAT *š́ǝ-qa (cf. also Bz. á-š́χa); PAK *ʎa-ɣá; Ub. def. á-ʎaxa. In all three subgroups the root is present only within compounds: in PAT cf. *qA 'head'; in PAK the second part may be related to *bɣǝ 'mountain'; in Ub. it goes back to *xʷA 'mountain, hill'. See Шагиров 1, 244-245 with literature.

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