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See also: sarka, Šárka, sarķa, and sarƙa



From Proto-Balto-Slavic *śórˀkaˀ; compare Proto-Slavic *s(v)orka, Old Prussian sarke (magpie).[1] When compared with Ancient Greek κόραξ (kórax, raven) a Proto-Indo-European form *ḱor-h̥₂k- can be reconstructed, however they may well be independent formations.[2] In any case, both forms ultimately go back to Proto-Indo-European *ḱor- (crow, raven), whence also, with various suffixes, Ancient Greek κορώνη (korṓnē, crow); Latin cornīx (crow) and corvus (raven).


IPA(key): /ˈʂarkɐ/


šárka f (plural šárkos) stress pattern 1

  1. magpie (one of several species in the genus Corvidae, especially the Eurasian magpie, Pica pica)


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  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2015) Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 13), Leiden, Boston: Brill, ISBN 978 90 04 27898 1, page 440
  2. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 750