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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



Pre-Slavic *pintā stems from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pentà, probably from *pęti (to stretch) +‎ *-ta, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)penh₁- (to span, to spin). Akin to Lithuanian péntis (heel, spur), Old Prussian pentis (spur), Latvian piête (i-stems).


*pętà f[1][2][3]

  1. heel


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Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) “пята”, in Oleg Trubachyov, transl., Этимологический словарь русского языка [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), Moscow: Progress
  • Duridanov, I. V., Racheva, M., Todorov, T. A., editors (1996), “пета”, in Български етимологичен речник [Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary] (in Bulgarian), volumes 5 (падѐж – пỳска), Sofia: Prof. Marin Drinov Pubg. House, →ISBN, page 191
  • Jiří Rejzek, Český etymologický slovník, electronic version, Leda, 2007


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) “*pętà”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, →ISSN, page 399:f. ā (c) ‘heel’
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) “pęta pęty”, in Common Slavic Accentological Word List[1], Copenhagen: Editiones Olander:c hæl (PR 138)
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko (2016) “péta”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar [Slovenian Etymology Dictionary] (in Slovene), 3rd edition,*pęta̋