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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *ɫĕHɫe (~-i)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: ear
Proto-Nakh: *la
Proto-Dargwa: *leħi
Proto-West Caucasian: *ŁA- / *ĺA-
Notes: See Abdokov 1983, 77. Cf. also Hurr. lēlǝ 'ear' (Diakonoff-Starostin 1986, 53) which fits well as a reflex of the reconstructed NC form (actually, the Hurr. form is the reason for reconstructing *ɫ and not *l in PEC).

    The cluster *-Hɫ- is reconstructed tentatively; if -lǝ in the Hurr. form is a suffix, we could also reconstruct *ɫĕHe.


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