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Proto-South Dravidian : *mal-
Meaning : fertile, rich
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : mal
Tamil meaning : fertility, richness, strength
Tamil derivates : malar (-v-, -nt-) to abound, become full; mali (-v-, -nt-) to abound, be plentiful, be full, increase, be proud, become large, swell, spread, expand; malipu excess, abundance; malir (-v-, -nt-) to flood, come frequently; malivu abundance, fullness, cheerfulness; malku (malki-) to increase, abound, grow, flourish; mallal strength, abundance, wealth, fertility, richness, elegance, brilliance, beauty; mallai richness, fertility, greatness
Malayalam : malika
Malayalam meaning : to abound, overflow
Malayalam derivates : malekka to grow thick, swell; malka to abound
Kannada : male
Kannada meaning : to be raised or elevated, be haughty, be puffed up, insolent, act in an overbearing manner
Kannada derivates : malya great, big, chief, principal; mallaḷi a large concourse, crowd; (PBh.) mammala, malamala excessively
Tulu : malla, mallavu, mallāvu
Tulu meaning : great, large, big, extensive, chief, principal, important, loud
Tulu derivates : mallastigè, mallādigè greatness, superiority, loftiness, pride; mallāye a man senior in age, rich man, grown-up man; fem. mallāḷụ
Proto-Nilgiri : *mal_-
Number in DED : 4729

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