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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 Proto-Balto-Slavic *sek-, *senk-, from Proto-Indo-European *sek-. Cognate with Lithuanian sèkti (to subside (of water), to diminish (of strength)) (1sg. senkù), Latvian sîkt (to dry out) (1sg. sîku), Sanskrit सश्चसि (saścasi, dry out, 2sg. imper. act.), असक्र (ásakra, unquenchable), Homeric Ancient Greek ἔσκετο φωνή (ésketo phōnḗ, his voice broke down). Vasmer adds Old Irish sesc (dry, barren, not giving milk), Welsh hysb (dry), Old English sīhte (squishy).



  1. to dry out


  • 1sg. *sęknǫ

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

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  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “иссяка́ть”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 359
  • Derksen, Rick (2008), “*sęknǫti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 450
  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “ся́кнуть”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv Oleg, Moscow: Progress