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Proto-South Dravidian : *adaḷ-
Meaning : to rebuke, scold, reprimand
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : ataṭṭu (ataṭṭi-)
Tamil meaning : to rebuke authoritatively, frighten with a vehement or sudden noise; n. rebuke, ranting
Tamil derivates : atampu (atampi-) to speak intemperately, rebuke; atakaṭi menace, threat, hectoring
Malayalam : ataṭṭuka
Malayalam meaning : to rebuke, reprimand, frighten with sudden noise
Kannada : adaṭu
Kannada meaning : to tremble, shake; to scold, reprimand, menace
Kannada derivates : adapu to speak intemperately, reprove
Tulu : addalipuni
Tulu meaning : to rebuke, frighten
Notes : Burrow & Emeneau place this in the same entry with *adir- 'to shake, tremble, intimidate, etc.'. While the semantic link is possible (atir also has the meaning 'rebuke'), the morphological ties are harder to understand. The form ataṭṭu is an obvious causative, but it cannot be from *adir-tu (which should have yielded Tamil atirttu); it can only be from *adaḷ-tu. The stem *adaḷ- is not, however, attested directly; there is Tulu addalipuni, with an unclear geminate, and possibly also Kan. adalu 'to tremble', if -l- dial. < *-ḷ-. As for the other Tamil forms, atampu (= Kan. adapu) < *adaḷ-mbu; atakaṭi is an unclear expressive formation.
Number in DED : 0137

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