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This Proto-Finnic 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.



Unknown. Possibly related to Pite Sami âllo (urge).



  1. joy, delight, happiness



  • Estonian: ilu
  • Finnish: ilo
    • Northern Sami: illu
  • Ingrian: ilo
  • Karelian: ilo
  • >? Livonian: ilā
  • Livvi: ilo
  • Ludian: ilo
  • Veps: ilo
  • Võro: ilo
  • Votic: ilo

Further reading[edit]

  • ilu in Metsmägi, Iris; Sedrik, Meeli; Soosaar, Sven-Erik (2012), Eesti etümoloogiasõnaraamat, Tallinn: Eesti Keele Instituut, →ISBN
  • Itkonen, Erkki; Kulonen, Ulla-Maija, editors (1992–2000), “ilo”, in Suomen sanojen alkuperä [The origin of Finnish words] (in Finnish), [note: linked online version also includes some other etymological sources], Helsinki: Institute for the Languages of Finland/Finnish Literature Society, →ISBN