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Proto-IE: *mel-
Meaning: dark
Old Indian: mála- n. `dirt, filth, impurity'; malina- `dirty, filthy, impure, dark grey, black'; mlāna- `black, dark-coloured'
Old Greek: mélās, n. mélan, f. mélai̯na `dunkelfärbig, schwarz, finster'
Baltic: *mē̂l-a-, *mel̂-n-a-, -ja- (1), mē̃l-sw-a- adj., *mē̃l- vb. intr.
Germanic: *mḗl-a- n.
Celtic: Gaul melinus `color nigrus' (??)
Russ. meaning: темный
References: WP II 293 f

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