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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 Proto-Balto-Slavic *angi(o)s, *angi(a)s, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éngʷʰis(snake). Baltic cognates include Old Prussian angis, Lithuanian angìs, Latvian odze. Indo-European cognates include Latin anguis, Old High German unc and Old Armenian աւձ(awj).


*ǫ̃žь m

  1. snake


Accent paradigm b.


  • East Slavic:
    • Old East Slavic: ꙋжь(užĭ)
      • Belarusian: вуж(vuž)
      • Russian: уж()
      • Ukrainian: вуж(vuž)
  • South Slavic:
    • Serbo-Croatian: u̯õš(a kind of a black snake) (Chakavian)
    • Slovene: (a grass snake), vož(snake)
  • West Slavic:


  • Derksen, Rick (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, ISBN 978 90 04 15504 6, page 399
  • Fasmer, Maks (1964–1973), “уж”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress
  • angis in Lietuvių kalbos etimologinio žodyno duomenų bazė