Telugu

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Etymology

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Inherited from Proto-Dravidian *mēl, *mē. Cognate with Tamil மேல் (mēl), Kannada ಮೇಲೆ (mēle), and Malayalam മേൽ (mēl).

Pronunciation

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Noun

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మేలు (mēlun (plural మేళ్ళు or మేళ్లు)

  1. good, kindness
    కీడు మేలు తెలిసినవాడు.
    kīḍu mēlu telisinavāḍu.
    One who knows good and evil.
  2. good fortune, prosperity, favour, happiness
  3. profit, advantage
  4. righteousness
  5. excellence, superiority
  6. love
  7. pride

Adjective

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మేలు (mēlu)

  1. upper, higher
  2. good, better
    గుడ్డి కన్నా మెల్ల మేలు.
    guḍḍi kannā mella mēlu.
    A squint eye is better than a blind eye.
  3. noble, fine, excellent, superior

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