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South Dravidian etymology :

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Proto-South Dravidian : *aḍal- ~ *aḍav-
Meaning : a k. of fish
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : aṭal
Tamil meaning : a kind of fish
Tamil derivates : aṭalai a marine fish
Malayalam : aṭava
Malayalam meaning : a kind of marine fish
Tulu : aḍamīnu
Tulu meaning : a kind of fish
Tulu derivates : (B-K.) aḍāvu id.
Notes : It is unclear which variant (with *-l- or *-v-) is primary. Obviously Tam. aṭalai = Mal. aṭava, but whether this is dialectal variation or a case of morphological restructuring is unknown.
Number in DED : 0068

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