Reconstruction:Proto-Slavic/slonъ

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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.

Proto-Slavic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely related to Turkish aslan (lion); Witczak (2013) cites many parallel cases of semantic spread between different exotic animals in Indo-European.[1] If not, perhaps a deverbative from *sloniti sę (to lean against), relating to the medieval story of an elephant sleeping leaning on a tree.

Noun[edit]

*slȏnъ m

  1. elephant

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Krzysztof Tomasz Witczak. Two Tocharian borrowings of Oriental origin. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hung. Volume 66 (4), 411–416 (2013). DOI: 10.1556/AOrient.66.2013.4.3
  • Verweij, Arno (1994), “Quantity Patterns of Substantives in Czech and Slovak”, in Dutch Contributions to the Eleventh International Congress of Slavists, Bratislava (Studies in Slavic and General Linguistics), volume 22, Editions Rodopi B.V., page 526, 530