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Proto-Basque: *hune
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 marrow 2 pith 3 brain
Araban: uña 1, 2, 3
Bizkaian: un 1, 2, gar-un, gara-un, kara-un 3
Low Navarrese: hun 1, 2, 3
Salazarese: un 3
Lapurdian: huiñ 1, 2, (coastal) fuiñ 1, 2
Zuberoan: hün 1, 3, bür-hün 3
Roncalese: un 1, 3
Comments: This etymon competes with, and partially merges with *mune (q.v.), of distinct origin. Per Mitxelena (1961) and Trask (1995) Bsq *mune and *hune are "regional variants" of the same word, and suggest Schuchardt's derivation from Lat. fune- 'rope'. Since both words can coexist in the same dialect (e.g., BZK un 'marrow, pith' vs. muin 'germ, sprout'; SAL un-ak 'brains' vs. muña 'marrow, pith') we think the words are of distinct origin (PSC*hwĭʔnV, *mV̆́ɦnū, resp.), but there has been phonetic and semantic blending.

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