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Nouns ending in -ru

A smaller number of nouns in Tamil end in -ru (LT alveolar r). All of these nouns change this to ttu before case, i.e. they undergo gemination. Thus aaru Ȣ aattu; `pertaining to the river'; ״ kenaru `well' ״ kenattu `pertaining to the well'. Other examples are kayiru `rope', ¿ vayiru `stomach', ض sooru `cooked rice', and a few others.The LT forms of these words undergo gemination from to , but in ST, the forms are phonetically identical with , while merges with .



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