Reconstruction:Proto-Slavic/kǫsati

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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]

Per Vasmer, derived from *kǫ̑sъ (piece); but per Trubachev, the noun is derived from the verb. Cognate with Lithuanian ką́sti (to bite) (1sg. kándu), Latvian kuôst (to bite) (1sg. kuôžu). Possibly cognate with some or all of Ancient Greek κνώδων (knṓdōn, knife, blade, prong), κνώδαλον (knṓdalon, wild beast), Old High German hantag (sharp, cutting), Sanskrit खादति (khā́dati, to chew, to bite), Persian خاییدن(xâyidan, to chew), Old Armenian խածանեմ (xacanem, to bite). Per Derksen, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *kanˀd-, from which a Proto-Indo-European root such as *k(ʷ)end- or *k(ʷ)enHd(ʰ)- can be constructed.

Verb[edit]

*kǫsati impf

  1. to bite

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