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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.



Baltic cognates include Lithuanian ravė́ti (to weed), 1sg. raviù, Latvian ravêt (to weed), Lithuanian ráuti (to tear out, to pull), Latvian raût (to tear, to pull, to take). Further connections:

Distantly related to English reave etc., from Proto-Germanic *reufaną, from a PIE root extension *Hrewp- of the above root. Not related to English rift etc., from Proto-Germanic *rīfaną, unless the Slavic word is actually a borrowing from Germanic.


*rъvàti impf[1]

  1. to tear


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Further reading[edit]

  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “рвать”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 2, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, pages 100–101
  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “рвать”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*rъvàti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 441: “v. (c) ‘tear’”