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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *ʔăjʒăɫʔV
Meaning: a k. of tree (rowan, cornel)
Proto-Nakh: *(ʔă)stVw
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *ʔazal ( ~ o)
Proto-Tsezian: *ʔãsa
Proto-West Caucasian: *ʒ́a ( ~ ǯ-)
Notes: Correspondences are regular. The etymology seems preferable to Trubetzkoy's comparison (PWC *ʒ́a : PEC *ʒāʒĕ 'thorn' - which has a quite different etymology).

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