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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-Indo-European *bʰoyh₂ós, from *bʰeyh₂- (to strike, hew). Cognate with Illyrian proper name Boius.


*bõjь or *bȏjь m

  1. battle, fight



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  • West Slavic:
    • Czech: boj
    • Polish: bój
    • Slovak: boj
    • Sorbian:
      • Upper Sorbian: [Term?]
      • Lower Sorbian: bój


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  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “бой”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 100
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