Tamil

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Pronunciation

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Etymology 1

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Cognate with Telugu తొలగు (tolagu), Tulu ತೊಲ್ಗು (tolgu).

Verb

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தொலை (tolai)

  1. (intransitive) to perish, die
  2. (intransitive) to become lost
  3. (intransitive) to be ruined
  4. (intransitive) to become lost
  5. (intransitive) to be finished, terminated
  6. (intransitive) to suffer
  7. (intransitive) to leave, depart
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Noun

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தொலை (tolai) (plural தொலைகள்)

  1. ruin, destruction
  2. loss

Etymology 2

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Causative of the verb above.

Verb

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தொலை (tolai)

  1. (transitive) to lose
    Synonym: இழ (iḻa)
  2. (transitive) to ruin, spoil, destroy
    Synonym: கெடு (keṭu)
  3. (transitive) to kill
    Synonym: கொல் (kol)
  4. (transitive) to remove, wipe off, clean
  5. (transitive, time) to spend, pass
  6. (transitive) to surpass
  7. (transitive) to settle, end, finish
  8. (colloquial) used after an adverbial participle as an intensifier
    போய் தொலை!
    pōy tolai!
    Get lost! / Go away!
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Etymology 3

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Compare துலை (tulai).

Noun

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தொலை (tolai) (plural தொலைகள்)

  1. similarity, resemblance, likeness
  2. equality

References

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  • University of Madras (1924–1936) “தொலை”, in Tamil Lexicon, Madras [Chennai]: Diocesan Press
  • University of Madras (1924–1936) “தொலை-த்தல்”, in Tamil Lexicon, Madras [Chennai]: Diocesan Press
  • University of Madras (1924–1936) “தொலை-தல்”, in Tamil Lexicon, Madras [Chennai]: Diocesan Press