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See also: Vater, vàter, and Väter


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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.


vatër f (indefinite plural vatra, definite singular vatra)

  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




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