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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.



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 Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress
  • Duridanov I., Račeva M., Todorov T., editors (1996) , “пета”, in Български етимологичен речник [Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary] (in Bulgarian), volume 5, Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 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, page 399: “f. ā (c) ‘heel’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) , “pęta pęty”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “c hæl (PR 138)”
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko (2016) , “péta”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar, Ljubljana: Inštitut za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, →ISBN: “*pęta̋”