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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *nar_-nar_-
Meaning : [expr.] grinding, cracking
Tamil : nar_a-nar_-en_al, nar_u-nar_-en_al
Tamil meaning : onom. expr. of grinding the teeth
Tamil derivates : ner_uner_u (-pp-, -tt-) to gnash one's teeth, snap (as a stick in breaking), sound (as the biting of a hard, brittle, or crispy substance); ner_u-ner_-en_al onom. expr. signifying (a) crashing sound, (b) snapping or breaking sound; ner_ukk-en_al onom. expr. signifying snapping sound; ner_a-ner_-en_al onom. expr. of grinding or gnashing the teeth; ner_umu (ner_umi-) to gnash
Kannada : nar_a, nar_anar_ane, nar_ak
Kannada meaning : imit. sound of the noise of the cracking of the fingers and other joints or of the breaking of wood
Tulu : naruguru, narunuru
Tulu meaning : a crack, crash; sound produced while eating anything crisp
Proto-Nilgiri : *nar_- (*-r-)
Number in DED : 3623

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