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Lezghian etymology :

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Proto-Lezghian: *läƛ̣
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: liver
Lezghian: leq̇
Tabasaran: liḳ
Agul: leḳ
Rutul: laq̇
Tsakhur: ḳɨl'ḳam
Kryz: läħä-läħkäm
Budukh: (laʕa)-leq̇
Comment: In Tsakh. the form is reduplicated (under influence of zɨlzam 'spleen' q.v.). In Kryz. there occurred an irregular change *läq̇ä-n > läħkän under influence of läħä 'black' (the form actually means 'black liver', cf. the same combination in Bud.). 4th class in all class-distinguishing languages.

    See Бокарев 1961, 60; Лексика 1971, 122; Гигинейшвили 1977, 104.


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