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Afroasiatic etymology :

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Proto-Afro-Asiatic: *ball-
Meaning: feather, wing
Semitic: *nu-ball- (<*mu-ball-?) 'eagle's feather'
Berber: *bulbul 'feather'
Western Chadic: *bV-bāl- 'shoulder' 1, 'arm' 2 - cf.
Central Chadic: *mu-bal- 'arm'1, 'shoulder' 2 - cf.
Saho-Afar: *bal- 'feather'
Low East Cushitic: *bal(l)- 'wing'
High East Cushitic: *ball(aʔ)- 'feather'
Omotic: *bal- 'feather'
Notes: If Chad forms are related with a meaning shift 'wing' > 'shoulder/arm', a variant stem with a prefix *mV- (dissimilated in Sem and assimilated in WCh) should be reconstructed as.

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