- (Gheg) votër
From Proto-Albanian *ōtar, perhaps borrowed from a Iranian language; cf. Avestan 𐬁𐬙𐬀𐬭𐬱 (ātarš) ("fire") or more likely from Sarmato-Alanic. More at *ātr-, *ātar- (“fire”); it derives ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European *h₂eh₁ter- (“fire”), whence also Latin ater (“black”). See also Romanian vatră and Serbo-Croatian vatra, which were probably borrowed from it.
- fireplace, fireside, hearth
- (figuratively) home, family circle
- small plot of ground
- (geometry) focal point
- (anatomy) nerve center
- (medicine) focus, hotbed
- vatër kulture (“community center”)
- vatër malarje (“hotbed of malaria”)
- vatër moçalizimi (“swampy plot of land”)
- në krye të vatrës (“in the place of honor”)
- Douglas Q. Adams: Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture. Taylor & Francis, 1997: 202.
- 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
- Orel, Vladimir (1998), “vatër”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Köln: Brill, pages 495–496