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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-Balto-Slavic *īˀskāˀ-, *aiˀskāˀ-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂is-sk-e-, from *h₂eys-. Cognate with Lithuanian ieškóti (to look for) (1sg. íeškau), Latvian iẽskât (to search for lice), Sanskrit इच्छति (icchati, to long for, wish, to seek), Avestan 𐬌𐬯𐬀𐬌𐬙𐬌(isaiti, to seek), Latin aeruscō (to beg, to ask for), Old High German eiscōn (to investigate, to demand), Old English āscian (to ask), English ask, Old Armenian այց (aycʿ, visit; search), հայց (haycʿ, demand, request; seeking).


*jьskati impf

  1. to look for, to seek



  • West Slavic:
    • Old Czech: jískati
      • Czech: vískat (to search for lice), dialectal ískať (to search for lice, to bite (of frost))
    • Polish: iskać (to search for lice)
    • Slovak: ískať (to search for lice)
    • Slovincian: vjĩskăc (to search for lice), 1sg. vjḯščą


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