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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 *lȏvъ (hunting, hunt) +‎ *-iti, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *law-. Cognate with Lithuanian lavùs (adroit, clever), lãvyti, lãvinti (to train, to develop), Latvian lavît (to catch), although per Derksen the latter verb is probably a Slavic borrowing. Per Derksen, no clear cognates outside of Balto-Slavic, but Vasmer adds Ancient Greek λεία (leía, booty) (Doric λᾱία (lāía)), ἀπολαύω (apolaúō, to enjoy), Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌽 (laun, reward), Old Norse laun (reward), Sanskrit लोत (lótaṃ, booty) (also लोत्र (lótraṃ, booty)), Latin lucrum (gain, profit), Old Irish fo-lad (wealth) < *uɸo-lauto-, lúag (praise).



  1. to (try to) catch


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  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*lovìti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 286: “v. (c) ‘(try to) catch’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “loviti: lovjǫ lovitь”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “c (SA 257; PR 140)”