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Do the words dȉm (Serbo-Croatian) and dim (English) have the same origin? In Icelandic dimmur (which is of the same origin as English dim) means dark. Dimma means darkness and in Swedish it means fog. Smoke and fog both cause darkness, so I would guess they're related somehow. And are all these words related to Proto-Germanic *dimbaz and Proto-Indo-European *dʰuh₂mós? Is *dʰuh₂mós the root of *dimbaz? 16:59, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Russian дым, Serbo-Croatian дим/dim, Ukrainian дим (dym), Czech dým, Slovak dym are related to OCS дꙑмъ (dymŭ), Latin fūmus, Greek θυμός, Lithuanian dūmai, Latvian dūmi, Russian туман, M. Irish dumacha, French fume, Sanskrit धूम (dhūma), all from PIE *dʰuH₁-mo-. However, apparently they are not related to Proto-Germanic *dimbaz, English dim. *dimbaz is not thought to be related to anything in any other Indo-European branch. —Stephen 17:38, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
That's correct. The only possible IE comparison with Proto-Germanic word is Old Irish deim "dark, black", as if both from PIE *dʰem-, but which cannot be connected to the "smoke" word *dʰuh₂mós neither semantically nor formally. --Ivan Štambuk 18:10, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
I apologize for speculating, but what about Latin tenebrae, given on wiktionary as from PIE *tem? (And a slew of Slavic words like Russian тень).
PIE *t would give English th, not d. Chuck Entz (talk) 06:13, 25 May 2013 (UTC)