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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 *dʰeh₁(y)- (to suckle, suck).


*dětь f[1]

  1. child


Usage notes[edit]

May have occurred only in the plural in Proto-Slavic (see *děti), with *dětę serving as the singular.

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]


  • South Slavic:
  • West Slavic:

Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “дитя”, 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), “дети”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 246
  • Trubačóv, Oleg, editor (1978), “*dětę”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), volume 05, Moscow: Nauka, page 12


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*děti II”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 104: “Npl. f. ‘children’”