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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *mel-
Meaning : to chew
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : mel (melv-, men_r_-), melku (melki-)
Tamil meaning : to chew, masticate; chide
Malayalam : melluka
Malayalam meaning : to chew, champ
Kannada : mel(u), mellu, meli
Kannada meaning : to chew, masticate, eat with a muttering sound, mumble, eat
Kannada derivates : melaku, meluku, melku, malaku, maluku bringing up again for rumination
Proto-Nilgiri : *melk
Number in DED : 5077

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