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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *ƛ:́ʷǝlA
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 seed 2 kin, clan 3 village, people, society
Abkhaz: á-ž̌la 1,2
Abaza: žʷla 1
Adyghe: č́ǝLa 3
Kabardian: žǝLa 1,3
Ubykh: ǯ́ǝjǝ 1
Comments: PAT *žʷǝla (cf. also Bz. á-ž̌la). The root means both 'seed' and 'clan, kin' in Abkh.; in Abaz. cf. žʷla-ra 'people, village, society'. PAK *č:́ǝLá. The root also means both 'seed' and 'people, village' in Kab., but in Ad. it preserved only the more abstract meaning. In the natural sense ('seed') the root is preserved in Ad. within the compound č́ǝLā-pχ 'seeds, seed stock' (etymology of the second component see under *pǝ̃χʷǝ).

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