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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 *cělъ (whole) +‎ *-ati (u-stem). Compare Old Prussian kayle, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌻𐍃 (hails, hail!), Latin salūtō, salvē.


*cělovàti impf

  1. to greet
  2. to kiss


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  • Derksen, Rick (2008), “74”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page *cělovati
  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “целовать”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv Oleg, Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “целовать”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 02, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 364
  • Trubačóv, Oleg, editor (1976), “*cělovati”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), volume 03, Moscow: Nauka, page 179
  • Šanskij, N. M. (2004), “целовать”, in Školʹnyj etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [School Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), Moscow: Drofa