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See also: váter, vàter, Vater, and Väter


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From Proto-Albanian *ōtar, related to or borrowed from Sarmato-Alanic, from Proto-Iranian *HáHtr̥š (fire), ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eh₁ter- (fire). Compare Latin āter (black). See also Romanian vatră and Serbo-Croatian vatra, which were probably borrowed from it, due to the Ō to V transformation observer exlusively in Albanian - see varfër, vesh, verbër, and vadhë.[1][2][3]


vatër f (indefinite plural vatra, definite singular vatra, definite plural vatrat)

  1. fireplace, fireside, hearth
  2. (figuratively) home, family circle
  3. small plot of ground
  4. (geometry) focal point
  5. (anatomy) nerve center
  6. (medicine) focus, hotbed
  7. (mythology) sustainer of continuity between the world and the dead[4]





  1. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1998), “vatër”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, →ISBN, pages 495–496
  2. ^ Domosileckaja, M. V. (2002) Albansko-vostočnoromanskij sopostavitelʹnyj ponjatijnyj slovarʹ: Skotovodčeskaja leksika [Albanian – Eastern Romance Comparative Conceptual Dictionary: The Pastoral Vocabulary] (in Russian), Saint Petersburg: Nauka, →ISBN, page 457
  3. ^ Mallory, J. P.; Adams, D. Q., editors (1997) Encyclopedia of Indo-European culture, London, Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, page 263
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