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Nilgiri etymology :

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Proto-Nilgiri : *ēr_-
Meaning : to rise
South Dravidian etymology: South Dravidian etymology
Kota : ēr- (ēry-) "(advice) is listened to"
Toda : ȫr_- (ȫr_y-) "to rise high, (position, disease) is diffused, load (bullock, cart)"
Additional forms : Also Kota ēr, ērēr, ērr up; ēr big; ēt_- (ēc-) to place (burden) on (person or animal); ēt_l act of raising (e. g. a fine); ēt_ aṇ edge of bank of stream or tank (or with 5159); Toda ȫr_c- (ȫr_č-) to make high; et_- (et_y-) to raise, in: pōw ful et_- to thatch the tī dairy (i. e. to raise the thatching grass to/of the dairy), ās_ fōn et_- to burn the model house at a woman's funeral (lit. to raise the house to the sky)
Notes : In Toda et_- the vowel is short most probably because it functions only in compounds.
Number in DED : 916

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