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Long-range etymologies :

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Borean (approx.) : KVCV
Meaning : scratch, scrape
Eurasiatic : *ḳVSV
Afroasiatic : ? *guḥas-
Sino-Caucasian : *qVčV / *čVqV
Austric : *kVs
African (misc.) : Cf. Bantu *-kúc- 'to rub'.
Notes : For Afroasiatic cf. Dolg. *ḳwVŝ- (-ĉ-) 'scratch, scrape' (Sem., Omot., Chad.).
Reference : ND 1003, 1211 etc. (many roots); Guthrie 1186.

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