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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 Proto-Balto-Slavic *bā́ˀbāˀ, from nursery language. Cognate with Lithuanian bóba (old woman) and Latvian bãba (old woman).


*bàba f

  1. old woman
  2. grandmother
  3. midwife
  4. sorceress, witch, hex


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