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Proto-South Dravidian : *moṭ-ai
Meaning : egg
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : muṭṭai
Tamil meaning : egg, ovum; world as a globe
Tamil derivates : muṇṭai egg
Malayalam : muṭṭa, moṭṭa
Malayalam meaning : egg
Kannada : moṭṭe
Kannada meaning : egg
Kodagu : muṭṭe
Kodagu meaning : egg, testis
Tulu : moṭṭe
Tulu meaning : egg
Proto-Nilgiri : *moṭ-ä
Notes : Tamil muṭṭai, Mal. muṭṭa due to contamination with muttai 'lump' (at least, this is a far more probable explanation than setting up an extraordinary umlaut case before a voiceless consonant). Tamil muṇṭai unclear.
Number in DED : 4939

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