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This Proto-Slavic 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.



From earlier *gegti < *degti, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *degtei, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰegʷʰ-

Cognate with Lithuanian degti, Latvian degt


*žeťi (underlying */žegti/)

  1. (transitive) to burn



  • South Slavic:
    • Old Church Slavonic:
      Cyrillic: жєщи ‎(žešti)
      Glagolitic: [Term?]
    • Serbo-Croatian:
      Cyrillic: жећи
      Latin: žeći
  • West Slavic:
    • Polish: żec (dated)


  • Brückner, Aleksander (1927), “żec”, in Słownik etymologiczny języka polskiego [Etymological Dictionary of the Polish Language] (in Polish), Warsaw: Wiedza Powszechna, published 1985, page 663-664
  • “žegti” in 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 554-555
  • Fasmer, Maks (1964–1973), “жгу”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “жечь”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 301