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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *kwănɦV ( / *ɦăkwanV)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: light, torch
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *kʷanʔi
Proto-Tsezian: *kʷã
Proto-Lak: čani
Proto-Dargwa: *=alkʷVn-
Proto-Lezghian: *ʡakʷa(n)
Notes: Reconstructed for the PEC level. The initial *ɦ- (reflected in the PL form) may be a trace of the old derivational prefix. The root is mostly used as a noun or adjective, but there are some traces of its verbal usage (cf. the Darg. form and the Av.-And. evidence).

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