существо

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From су́щий ‎(súščij) +‎ -ество ‎(-estvo).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

существо́ ‎(suščestvón anim ‎(genitive существа́, nominative plural существа́, genitive plural суще́ств)

  1. creature, being
  2. essence

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The noun существо́ is one of the rarest Russian neuter nouns to have animacy. Other neuter nouns with animacy include живо́тное ‎(živótnoje), насеко́мое ‎(nasekómoje), etc.

References[edit]

  • Fasmer, Maks (1964–1973), “сущий”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress