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Proto-Sino-Tibetan: *[ph]ǝw
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: bake, set on fire
Chinese: *bhrū, *phrūs bake, roast, 烰 *bh(r)u to bake, steam, hot air.
Tibetan: ãbu (p. ãbus) be lighted, set on fire.
Burmese: phǝw stove, hearth; LB *pɨ (pǝw) 'dry, fire, sun'
Kachin: kǝbo1 to bake, steam.
Kiranti: *ʔpù
Comments: Bodo ko-pǝ steam. Luce 29. The root frequently has the meaning "ashes", for the most part in compounds: cf. *[p]hǝw-ƛǝ̄, as well as Dhimal bu-suri, Tani *mat-bu, Aka hukhes-pu, Miji mai-bu, Konyak (Wancho) la-bu, Ao Naga opu, Nung (Rourou) na-ma-phu, Trung kha-phu etc.

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