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Proto-Altaic: *mi̯at`i
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: head skin, face
Russian meaning: кожа на голове, лицо
Turkic: *bĕt
Mongolian: *metü
Tungus-Manchu: *miata
Comments: EAS 79, KW 262, Лексика 207-208. A Western isogloss. The Jpn. cognates present problems. Ozawa 292-293 compares OJ mod(w)ok(j)i 'resembling, similar', which is quite irregular vocalically. It is interesting to note MJ mitai id. (used exactly in the same suffixed position and being phonetically quite a good match for Mong. metü etc., but attested late and usually analysed (folk-etymologically?) as a desiderative form of mi- 'to see'.

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