Reconstruction:Proto-Mon-Khmer/mraik

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This Proto-Mon-Khmer entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Mon-Khmer[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • Proto-Mon-Khmer: *mraik (Shorto, 2006, #416)

Maybe a Wanderwort. Likely cognate to Santali ᱢᱟᱨᱟᱜ (marak’). Compare Proto-Dravidian *mayVr (peacock), whence Tamil மயில் (mayil) and Malayalam മയില്‍ (mayil‍). Malay merak and Acehnese meurak (< Proto-Chamic *əmraːk) are likely borrowed from a Bahnaric language.

Proto-Karen *braɁᴰ (peacock), whence S'gaw Karen ထိၣ်ပှာ် (hṭoh̀ phgạ), may also be loaned from this root.

Noun[edit]

*mraik

  1. peacock

Descendants[edit]