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Proto-IE: *bher-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: bear
Old Indian: bhalla-ḥ m., bhallaka- m., bhallū̆ka- m. `Bar̈' (< *bher-n-?)
Slavic: *bьrlog-ъ B, *bьrlogā
Baltic: ? *bē̂r-a- (1) adj.
Germanic: *bir-an- m., *bir-ōn- f.; *bir-n-u- c., *birn-iō f.; *bár-s-in- n.
Russ. meaning: зверек (медведь)
References: WP II 166

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