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Inherited from Old Polish źwierciadło, źwierzciadło, źwirciadło, from Proto-Slavic *zьrcadlo. Compare Czech zrcadlo, Old Church Slavonic зрьцало (zrĭcalo), Russian зерца́ло (zercálo), and Serbo-Croatian zrcalo. By surface analysis, zerkać +‎ -dło.


  • IPA(key): /zvjɛrˈt͡ɕad.wɔ/
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  • Rhymes: -adwɔ
  • Syllabification: zwier‧ciad‧ło


zwierciadło n (diminutive zwierciadełko, related adjective zwierciadlany)

  1. (countable, literary) mirror, looking glass (smooth surface, usually made of glass with reflective material painted on the underside, that reflects light so as to give an image of what is in front of it)
    Synonyms: lustro, tafla
    • 2010, Ziemicki Sławomir, Puchowska Krystyna, Bliżej fizyki. Podręcznik gimnazjalisty. Część 2, WSiP, →ISBN, page 101:
      Zwierciadło teleskopu natomiast „zbiera” światło z dużej powierzchni i skupia w jednym punkcie.
      The telescope's mirror, on the other hand, “collects” light from a large surface and focuses it on one point.
  2. (uncountable, literary) smooth and shiny water surface
    Synonyms: lustro, tafla
  3. (uncountable, figurative) view of a state of affairs, a situation, or an idea
    Synonym: odbicie
  4. (countable, hunting) colorful patch of metallic shimmer on the feathers of some birds


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