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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.



Probably akin to Lithuanian selė́ti (to scroll, to skid), salà (isle; countryside), Latgalian sola (rural area) within Balto-Slavic; Proto-Germanic *saliz (house, dwelling; hall, room), Latin solum (base, foundation; sole of the foot) in other Indo-European dialects. Further origin is left unspecified within the literature. Some of the proposed related terms have been tentatively linked to Proto-Indo-European *sel- (to drive, to meander) (per Smoczyński, Būga).

Compare also Hittite [script needed] (šēli-, granary), Armenian շեղջ (šełǰ, rick, stack) (speculated to be an Anatolian borrowing).


*selò n[1][2][3]

  1. arable land, rural area, acre (agricultural administrative unit)
    Synonyms: (East Slavic) *dьrvьňa, (South Slavic) *zemľišče
  2. village (in East, South Slavic merged with *sēdlò (settlement)[3])
    Synonym: *vьsь


Coordinate terms[edit]

  • *sedlo (settlement) (homophonous with the current term in East, South Slavic), *sědlo (residence, seat)
  • *město (suitable place, location)
  • *gordъ (fortified settlement)

Derived terms[edit]


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*selò”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 444: “n. o (b)”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “selo, G. sela”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “b (SA 69, 151; PR 135; MP 25)”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Snoj, Marko (2016), “selo”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar3 (in Slovene), “v slovan. jezikih pomešalo domnevno pslovan. *selȍ ‛polje’”