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Proto-Sino-Tibetan: *nējH
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: elder female relative
Chinese: *nhrējʔ mother (Chu word according to Guangyun).
Tibetan: a-ne father's sister; woman, female, (W) wife.
Kachin: ni1 a mother-in-law.
Lushai: ni a paternal aunt, any paternal female relation who belongs to the same generation as one's father.
Lepcha: njí, njí-kuŋ (njo-kuŋ) grand-mother
Kiranti: *ní
Comments: Mikir ni; Tsangla a-nye; Garo ma-ni; Kanauri ǝ-ne; Rgyarung ǝni; Rawang ǝni, Trung a3-ni2 aunt; Miri ǝnyi. Sh. 117; Ben. 69.

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