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This Proto-Indo-European 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.



*mélit n[1][2]

  1. honey
    Synonyms: *kn̥h₂ónks, *médʰu


Athematic, amphikinetic
nominative *mélit
genitive *m̥lités
singular dual plural
nominative *mélit
vocative *mélit
accusative *mélit
genitive *m̥lités
ablative *m̥lités
dative *m̥litéy
locative *mélit, *méliti
instrumental *m̥litéh₁

Alternative reconstructions[edit]


  • Proto-Albanian: *melita (see there for further descendants)
  • Anatolian:
    • Hittite: [script needed] (militt-) / [script needed] (malitt-)
    • Luwian: [script needed] (mallit-)
    • Palaic: [script needed] (mallitanna-)
  • Armenian:
  • Proto-Celtic: *meli (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Germanic: *mili (see there for further descendants)
  • Hellenic:
    • Ancient Greek: μέλι (méli) (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Italic: *meli
    • Latin: mel (see there for further descendants)
  • ? Proto-Turkic: *bal


  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
  2. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
  3. ^ Ringe, Donald (2006) From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (A Linguistic History of English; 1)‎[2], Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 127