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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *mʁ́ʷa
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: road
Abkhaz: á-mʕʷa
Abaza: mʕʷa
Adyghe: ʁʷa-gʷ
Kabardian: ʁʷa-gʷ
Ubykh: mǝʁ́á
Comments: PAT *mǝʕʷa; PAK *ʁʷa-gʷǝ́ (a compound of *ʁʷa 'road' + *gʷǝ 'surface, centre < *heart'); Ub. def. á-mʁ́a.

    All attempts to etymologise the AK word from inside (treating *ʁʷa as 'dry' [Яковлев 1941, Kuipers 1960] or 'hole' [Aбитов 1948]) are unacceptable; see Shagirov 1, 132-133.


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