Sometimes explained as a deverbative of *bučati (“to make noise, roar”) and reconstructed as *bъčela. A bee is, therefore, the one that makes noise.
In OCS canon, form бьчєла (bĭčela) occurs just once, in Psalterium Sinaiticum, but the form бъчєла (bŭčela) being just as rare, it's impossible to precisely reconstruct late Proto-Slavic form on the basis of Old Church Slavonic. Since this Proto-Slavic word was an oxytone, none of the daughters retain a reflex of the medial weak jer.
- East Slavic:
- South Slavic:
- West Slavic:
- 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 72
- Trubačev O. N., editor (1976), “bъčela”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), volume 03, Moscow: Nauka, page 104