Appendix:Proto-Slavic/slonъ

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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Slavic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely related to Turkish aslan (lion); Witczak (2013) cites many parallel cases of semantic spread between different exotic animals in Indo-European.[1] If not, perhaps a deverbative from *sloniti sę (to lean against), relating to medieval story of elephant sleeping leaned against a tree.

Noun[edit]

*slonъ m

  1. elephant

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krzysztof Tomasz Witczak. Two Tocharian borrowings of Oriental origin. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hung. Volume 66 (4), 411–416 (2013). DOI: 10.1556/AOrient.66.2013.4.3