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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *a
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: a demonstrative stem
Abkhaz: a-
Abaza: a-
Adyghe: ā
Kabardian: ā
Ubykh: a-
Comments: PAT *a- 'definite article', *a- in *a-rǝjǝ 'this', *a-nǝjǝ 'that' (Abkh., Abaz. ari, ani). In PAK the root was used independently (*a 'that', 'this'); in Ub. it is also used as a definite article (as in PAT) and within complex pronoun stems (a-j-da 'that' etc.).

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