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It was noted to editors, in the etymological dictionary that has been excised from Wikipedia, that this word is not of Tamil origin. Uncle G 11:27, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)

It cannot even be; Tamil didn't even exist in the Vedic period, when the word is first attested in Sanskrit, i. e., (Old) Indo-Aryan (= Indic): as can be gleaned from the source I gave, Tamil only formed later – and in the Vedic period, what did exist was a forerunner of Tamil, the South Dravidian parent language, which is, however, also the precursor of various other Dravidian languages, and was moreover spoken too far south to be in direct contact with Indo-Aryan. Only other early (non-South) Dravidian languages were in contact with Indo-Aryan at the time, and the contact in fact only started after the oldest texts in Vedic Sanskrit were composed, as the oldest texts lack clear Dravidian borrowings, per Witzel. Beware of anachronisms when speaking about a period 3000 years ago, i. e., in the Late Bronze Age. Modern ethnicities and languages did not exist at the time yet. --Florian Blaschke 18:15, 23 November 2011 (UTC)