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Proto-Lezghian: *ħul(:a)
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: 1 sea 2 liquid
Lezghian: hül
Tabasaran: hül
Agul: ħül
Kryz: ʕil
Archi: hoIlo-t:u- 2(?)
Comment: 3d class in Kryz. The obl. bases (Tab. hüli-, Ag. ħüli-) are not enough for a precise PL reconstruction.

    Since the meanings 'sea' and 'moisture, liquid' sometimes interchange (cf., for example, the reflexes of PEC *ɦwmǟɦwā), it seems tempting to compare also Arch. hoIlo-t:u- 'liquid' (and perhaps as an old dialectal variant, with another frequent semantic change 'liquid -> green' - Arch. oIlow-t:u- 'green'). There are no other probable hypotheses about the origin of these Archi words.

    See Лексика 1971, 190; Хайдаков 1973, 75.


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