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Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-Dravidian : *átai
Meaning : female relative (father's sister; grandmother)
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Proto-South Dravidian: *ata-
Proto-Telugu : *atta
Proto-Kolami-Gadba : *ata
Proto-Gondi-Kui : *at-
Notes : The meaning 'father' (somewhat expectable from a root like ata-) is actually present in Tamil and Malayalam, but nowhere else in Dravidian. The archaicness of this meaning in Tamil cannot be excluded; more probable, however, is the idea that in Tamil the word has developed a parallel masculine stem by analogy with *ápa- q. v. (the latter does have 'masculine' meanings outside of Tamil). // Present in 4/6 branches.

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