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8.6.2014 1:58, Ben Wood wrote:
> On Sun, 8 Jun 2014 00:32:50 +0300, Risto Kupsala <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I can guess where this could come from. In Swahili "moto" means fire and
>> "-a moto" means hot.
> It actually comes from the Turkic root "ot".

Really? In Turkish "ot" = grass. Fire is "ateş" as far as I remember. 
(ateş ve su)

>> Besides
>> burning, heat can be produced in other ways, such as friction,
>> electricity, microwaves and thermo-nuclear reaction. So there are good
>> reasons to have separate root words for fire and heat.
> You're correct. There is also the root "tepul" (from Slavic) meaning 'heat'. "oti" would refer to something that is hot in the context of fire, where "tepuli" would refer to the relative heat level of the object.

So why "oti" doesn't mean "fiery"?

--Risto