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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *ʔānV(jV)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: mother
Proto-Tsezian: *ʔinVju ( ~ -ɨ-)
Proto-Dargwa: *ne-š
Proto-Lezghian: *ʔanaj
Proto-West Caucasian: *(a)nǝ
Notes: Although the root is not very widely spread in EC, it seems to have been the basic PNC word for 'mother' (opposed to *ʔŏbV̄(jV) 'father'), superseded in most EC languages by other expressive "children's words" (*babV, *jājV, *dajV) or its reduplicated variant *nǟnV (q.v.).

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