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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.



Cognate with Lithuanian bir̃žė (furrow), biržis and Latvian bìrze (furrow).

Probably from the same root as *bьrdo (weaving comb, reed) and the verb *boriti sę (to fight), i.e. the verbal root denoting an action with a sharp instrument or weapon. The same Proto-Indo-European root *bʰerh₃- is found in Ancient Greek φάρω (phárō), φάρος (pháros) and Latin forō (to bore, pierce).


*bōrzdà f

  1. furrow


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  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “борозда”, 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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