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Proto-South Dravidian : *kēḷ-
Meaning : friend(ship)
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : kēḷ
Tamil meaning : kindred, friendship, friend
Tamil derivates : kēḷvan_, kēḷan_ friend; kēḷir friends, relations; kēṇmai friendship, intimacy, kindness, relationship; kiḷai (-pp-, -tt-) to ramify, multiply (as families); n. kindred, relations, group, herd, flock, family
Kannada : keḷe
Kannada meaning : to draw or attract towards oneself
Kannada derivates : keḷe, geḷe, geṇe, geṇi union, companionship, friendship, companion, friend; keḷeya, geḷeya, geḷiya, geṇiya, geṇeya male friend; fem. keḷadi, geḷati, geḷate, geṇati; keḷetana, geḷetana, geṇitana, geṇetana friendship; kēḷa companion
Tulu : geṇe
Tulu meaning : coupling
Tulu derivates : geṇegāre an associate
Proto-Nilgiri : *keḷä
Notes : Unclear voicened variants in Kan. and Tulu.
Number in DED : 2018

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