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The onomatopoetic Mongol word for the animal elephant, zaan, reflects the primordial Eurasian word for the trumpeting animal mammoth. Subsequently it had diversified into the many variants such as słəŋ, siaŋ, sioŋ, saŋ, chaŋ, slon, silonit, glan, zilonis, zihon, zo, masan, tsonoqua and many other local forms. The endings and are characteristic for Europe, whereas <ŋ> is characteristic for East Asia. Exceptions to this continuum are the Cambodian (Khmer) word damri and the Lithuanian (Baltic)doi:10.4236/aa.2017.74014 fatcat:htgbyxsmvbc7tl5volqizasvmq