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Proto-Yenisseian: *jeŋ / *jɔŋ
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: egg, roe
Ket: ɛʔj, pl. ēŋ 'egg'; ɔŋ-diś5 "roe egg"; ɔŋńiŋ (Bak., Sur. ɔŋnɔŋ5) "roe"
Yug: eŋ, pl. ɛŋǝn5 'egg'; ɔŋ-dis5 'roe egg'; ɔŋńiŋ5 "roe"
Kottish: d́anan (М., Кл.) "roe"; Ass. ánaŋ (М., Кл.), änu (Кл.) "roe"
Arin: aŋ (М., Сл.,Кл.) "egg"; agen (Лоск.) "eggs"; ujnún (М., Кл.) "roe" [Дульз. ujnúŋ]
Pumpokol: tańáŋ (Сл., Кл.) "egg"
Comments: ССЕ 232. The Pump. form eg "egg" (Кл.) is in reality Yug. Ket ɛʔj, according to all external evidence, is a result of re-analyzing the plural form ēŋ (although Werner 1, 256 suggests the opposite). Although *jeŋ 'egg' and *jɔŋ 'roe' are distinguished within Yenisseian, the forms are still hard to separate: an old Ablaut is probable in this case (see КС 159). Werner (1, 256, 2, 43) reconstructs <*eʔj / *eŋ> 'egg' and <*oj / *uj, pl. oʔŋ> 'roe', separating the two words; he, however, fails to explain d́- in Kott. d́anan and t- in Pump. tańaŋ (quite regular reflexes of PY *j-), and also tries to relate Kott. šulei 'egg' - as shown by Helimski (1982, 71), a quite transparent Samoyed loanword.

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