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Proto-South Dravidian : *kot-
Meaning : to peck
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : kottu (kotti-)
Tamil meaning : to grub up, hoe, peck (as a bird), bite (as a snake), chop, hack, mince, carve; n. grubbing, mincing, pecking, biting (as a serpent), gashing, a small hoe for rooting out weeds
Tamil derivates : kottal pecking; kottan_ a mason; kontu (konti-) to peck, mince, gnaw, gore, pierce; pick up shells, etc., from the floor before a thrown-up shell comes down (as in gmae played by girls); kontal picking, nibbling
Malayalam : kottuka
Malayalam meaning : to dig, carve, peck, pick up, bite (as snakes), strike, cut
Malayalam derivates : kottu stinging, digging, pecking, picking up; kotti pick-axe, stone-digger, carver
Kannada : kottu
Kannada meaning : to chop, mince
Kodagu : kott- (kotti-)
Kodagu meaning : to pick up with single sharp motion, peck
Kodagu derivates : kotti para game of jackstones
Tulu : godduni
Tulu meaning : to pick or devour, as a fowl
Proto-Nilgiri : *kot-
Number in DED : 2091

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