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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.



  • Morphologically possibly from reinterpreting of some deverbal agent nouns (e.g. *kovačь*kovati +‎ *-čь : *kovъ +‎ *-ačь). Synchronically it is an independent suffix.
  • Semantically it's close to denominal suffix *-atъ. But in this case form **-aťь is expected, though compare *porťa : *porkъ.


*-ačь m

  1. Denominal, forming nouns denoting a carrier of a property.
    *kolo (wheel)*kolačь (cake)
    *bogъ (wealth, fortune)*bogačь (a wealthy man) (compare *bogatъ (wealthy))
    *borda (beard)*bordačь (a bearded man) (compare *bordatъ (bearded))
    *golva (head)*golvačь (one having a big head) (compare *golvatъ)
    *rogъ (horn)*rogačь (horned animal) (compare *rogatъ (horned))


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  • East Slavic:
    • Old East Slavic: -ачь (-ačĭ) (1492 year)
  • South Slavic:

Further reading[edit]

  • Šekli, Matej (2012), “Besedotvorni pomeni samostalniških izpeljank v praslovanščini”, in Philological Studies[1] (in Slovene), volume 10, issue 1, Skopje, Perm, Ljubljana, Zagreb, pages 115–32
  • Sławski, Franciszek, editor (1974) Słownik prasłowiański (in Polish), volume I, Wrocław: Polska Akademia Nauk, page 102f