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This Proto-Indo-European entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.


Alternative reconstructions[edit]



  1. to weave, braid

Derived terms[edit]

  • *webʰ- (root present)
    • Germanic: *webaną (see there for further descendants)
  • *u-né-bʰ- ~ *u-m-bʰ- (nasal-infix present)
  • *wobʰ-éye- (causative)
  • *wobʰ-s-eh₂
  • *wébʰ-tis
    • Germanic: *wiftiz (see there for further descendants)
  • *wobʰ-yo-
    • Germanic: *wabją (web) (see there for further descendants)
  • Unsorted formations:
    • Albanian: venj (< webʰnyō)
    • Hellenic:
    • (possibly) Germanic: *wabōną, *wabijaną (to wave)
      • Old English: wafian (to wave)
      • Middle High German: waben (to wave, undulate)
      • Old Norse: váfa
    • Indo-Iranian:
      • Indo-Aryan:
      • Iranian:
        • Avestan: [script needed] (ubdaēna, made of cloth); [script needed] (vaf-, to weave) ; [script needed] (ufya-, to weave, to web); [script needed] (vafūš, hymn,web)
        • Persian: بافتن (bâftan)
        • Kurdish: hûnan
    • Tocharian:


  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill
  2. ^ Philippa, M.; Debrabandere, F.; Quak, A.; Schoonheim, T.; Van der Sijs, N. (2003–2009), “weven”, in Etymologisch woordenboek van het Nederlands (in Dutch), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press