From an earlier verb *slot (“to slide, to slip; to wipe, to sweep”) (cf. Lithuanian šlúoti “to wipe, to sweep”), made into a second declension feminine noun in -a; the verb, in turn, came from Proto-Baltic *šlōw-, from Proto-Indo-European *slow-, *slow- (“to slide”), perhaps a parellel form of *ḱlew- (“to rinse, to clean, to slide”). From the same stem came also Latvian slaucīt (“to wipe, to sweep”) (q.v.). Cognates include Lithuanian šlúota.
slota f (4th declension)
- broom, besom (utensil for sweeping, traditionally made with a bundle of twigs or straws tied together onto a shaft, more recently with a brush at the end of a long shaft)
- slotaskāts, slotaskāts — broomstick
- krāsns slota — oven broom (to wipe a baking oven)
- slaucīt pagalmu ar slotu — to sweep the yard with a broom
- es ar slotu slaucīšu grīdu — I will sweep the floor with a broom
- pērties ar bērza slotu — to hit oneself with a birch broom (in a steam bath)
- ^ “slota” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
slot f (plural slote)