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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *xʷa
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: worm
Abkhaz: á-χʷa
Abaza: χʷa
Ubykh: xa(nḳ́ǝ́)
Comments: PAT *xʷa (cf. also Bz. á-xʷa). In Ub. -ḳ́ǝ is an archaic singulative suffix; the morpheme xa- by itself is used in compounds. In Adygh cf. perhaps Kab. xʷǝ-ps 'larva, grub'.

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