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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *veḷ
Meaning : white
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : veḷ "white, true"
Toda : pöɫ̣
Additional forms : Also Kota veḷṇ honest man; fem. veyḷ; veḷv- (veḷt-) to become pale; veḷv truth; veḷg- (veḷgy-) (country) becomes light before dawn; veḷk- (veḷky-) to clean with water; veḷk lamp; veḷp whiteness, lightness; veyḷ silver, anna, Venus, Friday; Toda pöɫ̣f- (pöɫ̣t-) to be white; pöɫ̣x- (pöɫ̣xy-) to dawn; pöɫ̣k- (pöɫ̣ky-) to make to dawn; pöɫ̣k lamp; pöɫ̣č whiteness, light; pöɫ̣p whiteness, white spot; piḷy silver, ring, anna, Venus, Friday; pöḷkōr_n European (i. e. Englishman, etc.)
Notes : Toda piḷy obviously borrowed from Kannada.
Number in DED : 5496

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