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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.



Possibly borrowed from Proto-Germanic *hleutaną (to obtain, acquire), or already from earlier Northwest Indo-European *kleuda-. As also in e.g. *keühä and *peütä, adherence to vowel harmony indicates an early date of loaning.

The word has earlier been compared with Hungarian lel (to find), and their common ancestor could be reconstructed as *lewdä-. However, an absense of cognates in all other Uralic languages leaves this etymology less certain.


*leütädäk (stem *leütä-)

  1. to find, to discover




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  • leidma”, in [ETY] Eesti etümoloogiasõnaraamat [Estonian Etymological Dictionary] (in Estonian) (online version), Tallinn: Eesti Keele Sihtasutus (Estonian Language Foundation), 2012
  • Schalin, Johan. 2004. "Itämerensuomalaisen *leütä-vartalon lainaperäisyys" ('The loan origin of the Finnic stem *leütä-'). Virittäjä 1/2004, pp. 24–33.