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Proto-South Dravidian : *aḍai- ~ *aḍi-
Meaning : heap; to collect
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : aṭai (-v-, -nt-)
Tamil meaning : to collect, gather (as dust), become close, compact, hard (as sand by rain)
Tamil derivates : aṭai-maẓai continuous rain; aṭai-maṇ silt, alluvium; aṭaicu (aṭaici-) to crowd, get close together, shower upon; aṭaical crowded condition, density; aṭar (-v-, -nt-) to be close together, thick, crowded; to press around, hem in; aṭarppam, aṭartti, (PR) aṭarcci closeness, crowdedness; aṭarvu thickness, denseness; aṭi (-pp-, -tt-) to be on the increase, abound; aṭikkaṭi frequently, often; aṭacu (aṭaci-) to be crowded
Malayalam : aṭa-maẓa
Malayalam meaning : incessant rain
Malayalam derivates : aṭal incessant (of rain); aṭikkaṭi repeatedly; aṭṭi keṭṭuka, aṭṭikku iṭuka to pile up, ram, pack close
Kannada : aḍḍa
Kannada meaning : abundance (used of rain)
Kannada derivates : aḍar to appear in numbers, to amass (as clouds); aṭṭu state of being crowded or thronged, pressed or squeezed; aṭṭuḷi a crowd, multitude, state of being squeezed; aḍe a sticky, clotty mass, a lump (as of dates, tamarind, sugar, hair, etc.)
Tulu : aṭṭi
Tulu meaning : a pile, heap of rice
Tulu derivates : aṭāra widespread, as the branches of a tree; aḍarụ copse
Proto-Nilgiri : *aḍ-ĭ-
Notes : Kannada aḍḍa, with a voiced geminate, and Tulu aṭṭi deviate from the general mass of forms with strong verbal suffixes. It is possible that all the stems go back to an original monosyllabic *aṭṭ- (*aḍḍ-?), but contaminations and occasional dialectisms are not excluded either.
Number in DED : 0084

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