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Old Church Slavonic[edit]


From Proto-Slavic *unjьjь, of further unknown origin. Has been connected to Sanskrit अवति (ávati, to protect, help) via Proto-Indo-European *h₁ewH-, under the assumption that the adjective contains an n-suffix.


оун҄ии (unʹii)

  1. better, best


  • Cejtlin, R.M.; Večerka, R.; Blagova, E., editors (1994), “оунии”, in Staroslavjanskij slovarʹ (po rukopisjam X—XI vekov) [Old Church Slavonic Dictionary (Based on 10–11th Century Manuscripts)], Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 740
  • Derksen, Rick (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, ISBN 978 90 04 15504 6, page 509