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Lezghian etymology :

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Proto-Lezghian: *ʡɨnšʷ (~ ħ-)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 horse 2 steed
Lezghian: šiw 2
Archi: noIš 1
Comment: Cf. Arch. erg. niIš-i (pointing to weak *-šʷ). The root is preserved only in Lezg. and Arch., being superseded in other languages by recent loanwords. The development *ʡɨ(n)šʷ > Lezg. šiw is regular (cf. *ʔis:ʷ > siw 'mouth' etc.). In Arch the initial n- is most probably metathesized from Inlaut.

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