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Proto-South Dravidian : *ńem-
Meaning : to crush, squeeze
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : ñemi (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to break, give way as under a weight
Tamil derivates : ñemiṭu (ñemiṭi-) to crush, press out with the hands, rub; ñemir (-v-, -nt-) to be crushed, compressed, be pressed out as pulp; break, snap off; (-pp-, -tt-) to press with the hands; snap, break off (intr.); ñemuŋku (ñemuŋki-) to yield to pressure, be pressed in, squeezed as ripe fruit, be compact, in close contact; ñemukku (ñemukki-) to press hard; ñemukkam yielding to pressure; namuku (namuki-) to yield under pressure; namuṭṭu (namuṭṭi-) to pinch; nimiṭṭu (nimiṭṭi-) to pinch (as in punishment), rub or crush between the hands; nimiṭu (nimiṭi-) to feel between the fingers; nimiṇṭu (nimiṇṭi-) to crush, squeeze between the hands as grain, pinch, nip off
Malayalam : ñamuṇṭuka
Malayalam meaning : to squeeze, knead (e. g. rice with curry as Brahmans do when eating)
Malayalam derivates : ñeviṇṭuka to bruise between the fingers, squeeze; ñamuŋŋuka to yield to pressure, sink, bulge
Kodagu : ñavṇḍ- (ñavṇḍi-)
Kodagu meaning : to squeeze
Tulu : nauṇṭuni
Tulu meaning : to pinch
Tulu derivates : nauntu squeezing, pinching, crushing; naumpuni to entangle
Number in DED : 2926

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