zer-

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Assumed to be fused from er- and an old prefix ze-, already denoting an aspect of dissolvement and asunderness. The latter is probably cognate with Middle Low German to- of the same meaning. All are ultimately from Proto-Germanic *twiz-, from Proto-Indo-European *dwis-, thus further cognate with Latin/Romance dis- as in English dissolve.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tsɛɐ̯/ (official standard)
  • IPA(key): /tsɐ/ (more common; except when provided with emphatic stress)

Prefix[edit]

zer-

  1. Inseparable verbal prefix that denotes asunder, to pieces, to bits.
  2. Inseparable verbal prefix that means "to spoil by".

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