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Proto-South Dravidian : *muḍ-i-
Meaning : to tie in a knot, knot
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : muṭi (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to tie, fasten, make into a knot, put on, adorn
Tamil derivates : (-pp-, -tt-) to fasten, tie, decorate with, put on as flowers; n. knot, tie, tuft or coil of hair, man's hair tuft, crown of head, top as of mountain, bundle as of paddy seedlings for transplantation, noose; muṭiccu tie, tuft of hair, small bundle, knot in wood; muṭinar those who tie knots; muṭippu tying, fastening, tie, knot, bundle
Malayalam : muṭi
Malayalam meaning : knot, bundle of rice plants, top-knot, hair of head, head-dress
Malayalam derivates : muṭa knot; muṭikka, muṭiyuka to tie up; muṭippu money tied up in a cloth, esp. for being presented
Kannada : muḍi
Kannada meaning : to bind or tie the hair, fasten or set in the hair of the head, as flowers, etc.; n. knot or bundle of hair, braid of hair, bundle of grain packed in straw
Kannada derivates : muḍisu to fasten or set in the hair-knot or braids (of others), as flowers; muḍipu, muḍupu bundle, moneybag
Tulu : muḍi
Tulu meaning : bundle of rice packed in straw, lump of tamarind packed in leaves, (B-K) tuft
Tulu derivates : muḍiyuni to be turned into a knot, be knotty; muḍipini, muḍipuni to dress the head with flowers, make the top-knot tight; muḍipāvuni to have a person's head dressed with flowers; muḍipu, muḍupu, muḍupelụ bundle of money, jewels, etc., devoted to an idol; muḍepini, muḍepuni to bind
Proto-Nilgiri : *muḍĭ
Number in DED : 4921

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