Etymon: paTTaN, pattan, patan

Sn. Subrahmanya sns at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Nov 20 19:54:40 UTC 1997

At 01:21 PM 11/20/97 -0600, you wrote:
> Dravidian paTTi seems to be from < paTu = lie down, fall.
>Is paTTaNa related to paTTi? Also, Tamil has paTTinam,a
>town on a shore, eg. kAvirippUmpaTTinam.

How does one classify a word as Aryan or Dravidian ??

In Sanskrit the word "pathati" means "to fall" also the word "patha" means Path.

It seems reasonable that pathati and paTu(Tamil) or paDu (Telugu) are related.

paTTi in Kannada means a strip - it could be a 'clearing' also.
Villages/Towns obviously were located in areas which had been cleared of the


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