пламя

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old Church Slavonic пламꙑ ‎(plamy, flame), Proto-Slavic *polmy ‎(flame), Proto-Indo-European *polh₁-men-.

Cognate with Lithuanian pelenaĩ ‎(ashes), plė́nis ‎(speck, fine ashes), Latvian plẽne ‎(white ashes on coals) and Old Prussian pelanne ‎(ashes).

The so-called н-declension of this and a dozen other similar neuter nouns stems from the fact that the word-final -я was the nasal vowel Ѧ, ѧ (little yus) in Old Church Slavonic, resulting in the -ен- before all the case endings in the modern language. Compare with Polish płomień.

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Noun[edit]

пла́мя ‎(plámjan inan ‎(genitive пла́мени, nominative plural *пламена́, genitive plural *пламён)

  1. flame
  2. blaze

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