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Words in Uzbek or other Central Asian language

Date Submitted: 03-Jun-2009
From: Anna Clawson
Subject: Words in Uzbek or other Central Asian language
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Notice: Dear colleagues,

I am trying to answer the following question. I have a source that says:
'The indigenous people of Southern Uzbekistan for ages referred to this
disease [Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever] as Hungribta (blood taking),
Khunymuny (nose bleeding), Karakhalak (black death)'. My question is: are
these words Uzbek, do their roots look Turkic at all or are they borrowed
from/belong to another language (Dari?Farsi?), and what could be the
correct spelling? The current spelling may have come from the
transliteration from a source in Russian.

Thank you,
Anna Clawson