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Proto-South Dravidian : *aḍai-kāj
Meaning : areca-nut
Dravidian etymology: Dravidian etymology
Tamil : aṭaikkāy
Tamil meaning : areca-nut (betel-nut)
Malayalam : aṭakka, aṭekka
Malayalam meaning : betel pouch
Kannada : aḍake, aḍa, aḍike
Kannada meaning : areca, areca palm, Areca catechu Lin., and its nut
Kannada derivates : aḍakottu, aḍagatti, aḍagartti scissors for cutting areca-nut
Kodagu : aḍake
Kodagu meaning : areca-nut
Tulu : aḍḍa-katteri, iḍa-katteri
Tulu meaning : betel-nut cracker
Proto-Nilgiri : *aḍä
Miscellaneous : KOR (T) ḍakke areca nut
Notes : A compound: *aḍai "betel; areca" + *kāj "fruit". The second root becomes reduced in most languages due to its post-tonic position. For the other compound (*aḍai-kat- "instrument for cracking betel nuts") cf. *kati "knife".
Number in DED : 0088

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