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Proto-North Caucasian: *ʡăms_a (~ -ǝ,-ɨ)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: sky, cloud; soul, breath; god
Proto-Nakh: *ʔas-ar
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *ʔas:V (~-o-)
Proto-Tsezian: *ħas:
Proto-Lak: as(:)
Proto-Lezghian: *ʔams:
Proto-West Caucasian: *pǝsA
Notes: An important common NC root, basically meaning 'sky' but with original religious and mystic connotations. There are no nominal reflexes in PD, but since the meanings 'breath, to breathe' and 'to get tired' often interchange, it seems tempting to compare also Darg. Ur. =amsVr / = ums- 'to be tired, get tired'.

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