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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *tq:ʷa ( ~ r-, l-)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 ashes 2 grey (hair)
Abkhaz: á-χʷa 1,2
Abaza: qʷa 1
Adyghe: tχʷa 2
Kabardian: tχʷa 2
Ubykh: tχʷa 1
Comments: Cf. also Bzyb. á-χʷa; Ad., Kab. tχʷǝ-n (with Ablaut) "become grey (of hair). PAT *qʷa, PAK *tχʷa/*tχʷǝ. The cluster *tq:ʷ- may in fact have been *rq:ʷ- or *lq:ʷ- (since the number of clusters in PWC is restricted), which would be a better match for the EC forms.

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