I am looking for a list of words that, albeit not being [obviously] morphologically related, can be used in different contexts and they have the same meaning in those contexts across different languages.

For example:

There is a word vorstellen in German and представлять in Russian. Both mean to introduce and to imagine, depending on context.

Another example:

Again, das Glied in German and член in Russian. Again, both can mean a member or a penis.

Actually, none of these examples fall exactly into the category I described as the first pair must be related, for they are constructed in the same way in both languages: vor = пред and stellen = ставить; and the second is too close of a leap from a member to a limb to a penis. But I hope you got the idea.

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    The pair of languages, German & Russian, have tons of such words since Russian heavily calqued from German, представлять looks like a complete calque of the German vorstellen, член looks like a semantic calque of the German Glied.
    – Yellow Sky
    Dec 14, 2016 at 18:39
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    See also this question and its answers: linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/20203/… Dec 14, 2016 at 21:32


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