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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.



From *žędati (to wish, desire) +‎ *-ja.


*žę̃ďa f[1]

  1. thirst
  2. craving, yearning, wish, desire
    Synonym: *žeľa


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  • Vasmer, Max, “жа́жда”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language]‎[1] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress, 1964–1973
  • Černyx, P. Ja., “жажда”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, 1999, page 290
  • жѧжда”, in Cejtlin, R.M.; Večerka, R.; Blagova, E., editors, Staroslavjanskij slovarʹ (po rukopisjam X—XI vekov) [Old Church Slavonic Dictionary (Based on 10–11th Century Manuscripts)]‎[2], Moscow: Russkij jazyk, 1994, page 222
  • Sreznevskij, I. I., “жажа”, in Materialy dlja slovarja drevne-russkago jazyka po pisʹmennym pamjatnikam [Materials for the Dictionary of the Old Russian Language According to Written Monuments]‎[3] (in Russian), volume 1, Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1893, page 840


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick, “*žę́dja”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008, →ISBN, page 560