Reconstruction:Proto-Slavic/galъ

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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.

Proto-Slavic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Sparsely attested, mainly in toponyms and derived terms.

If the color association is derived from the name of the jay, jackdow bird (and not vice versa), it is possible that the root is of onomatopoeic nature, related to Proto-Slavic *gavati (to bark), Proto-Slavic *gajati (ro crook), Proto-Slavic *gakati (to cow). Compare regional Proto-Slavic *gaga (jay).

Adjective[edit]

*galъ

  1. dark, murky, swarty
  2. black (for animals, places)
    Synonym: *vornъ

Inflection[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

Colors in Proto-Slavic · *květi (layout · text)
     *bělъ
(of animals) *bronъ
     *sivъ, *śěrъ, *śědъ      *čьrnъ, *smaglъ/*smǫglъ
(of animals) *vornъ, *galъ
             *čьrvenъ, *ryďь, *ruměnъ; *bagrъ              *rudъ, *granivъ; *smědъ,
(of animals) *gnědъ
             *žьltъ
(of animals) *solvъ; *polvъ
             *zelenъ              *zelenъ, *grěnъ             
                          *polvъ              *siňь; *modrъ
             *slivъ                          

Descendants[edit]

  • East Slavic:
    • Ukrainian: галь (halʹ, herd of jays) (dialectal)
  • South Slavic:
  • West Slavic:
    • Czech: gał (pitch) (dialectal)

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