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This Proto-Celtic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



Possibly loaned from a substrate language of northwestern Europe, hinted by the geminate and a-vocalism. This substrate could also have been the source of Proto-Germanic *lattō (plank, board), but with loss of initial *s-. Perhaps related to the root of *sladyeti (to slay, hit); similar sense development can be found in Serbo-Croatian šibati (to flog, whip) > šiba (rod, switch).


*slattā f[1]

  1. staff, stalk


Feminine ā-stem
singular dual plural
nominative *slattā *slattai *slattās
vocative *slattā *slattai *slattās
accusative *slattam *slattai *slattāms
genitive *slattās *slattous *slattom
dative *slattāi *slattābom *slattābos
locative *slattai *? *?
instrumental *? *slattābim *slattābis


  • Proto-Brythonic: *llaθ
    • Old Breton: lath
    • Cornish: lath
    • Welsh: llath
  • Old Irish: slat


  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009), “*slatta-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, pages 345