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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 a Germanic language, possibly Gothic; compare Proto-Germanic *bōkijǭ (beech).

Old Church Slavonic боукꙑ (buky) is the name of the second letter of the Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets, and in an extended meaning also means "letter", which is explained by a custom of ancient Germanic speakers to inscribe runes into beech bark.


*bùky f

  1. beech
  2. (by extension) letter


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