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Proto-South Dravidian : *ū̆-
Meaning : that (neither far nor near)
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : u
Tamil meaning : demonstr. base expressing a person, place, or thing occupying an intermediate position, neither far nor near, and meaning yonder or occupying a position near the person or persons spoken to; demonstr. part. before nouns, expr. intermediate position or position near the person or persons spoken to [u before consonant, uvv before vowel]
Tamil derivates : uvan_, uvaḷ, uvar, utu, uv/uvai that male person, that female person, those persons, that thing, those things; adj. unta; ū̆ŋkaṇ, ū̆ŋku yonder, where the person spoken to is; uŋŋan_, uŋŋan_am in the way you do, in the place where you are; u-ppāl the side near the person addressed, that (intermediate) side, upper or further region, back; umpar elevated spot, height, sky, celestial world, celestials, gods; adv. yonder, aloft; umparār celestials; ummai birth previous to the present one; existence after the present life; uvaṇ upper place, place above; uvaṇam height; uvaṇai the celestial region
Malayalam : u
Malayalam meaning : (L. V. Ramaswami Aiyar, The Evolution of Malayalam Morphology 32, finds no forms); umpar gods
Kannada : u-
Kannada meaning : base indicating intermediate place, quantity, and time
Kannada derivates : adj. ū; uva/ūta, uvaḷ/ūke, uvar, udu, uvu this male, this female, these persons, this thing, these things (intermediate); unitu so much as this (in the middle); untu this, or in this, intermediate, manner; undu this, or at this, intermediate, time; unne this intermediate time or space; ulli in this intermediate place, here
Tulu : undu, undekuḷu
Tulu meaning : this thing, these things (forms of the nearer demonstr.)
Proto-Nilgiri : *ū-
Number in DED : 0557

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