Last modified on 21 August 2014, at 20:09


See also: vatra



Uncertain. Commonly considered a substratum word. Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eh₂ter-, *eh₂ter- through some intermediate; compare Avestan 𐬁𐬙𐬀𐬭𐬱 (ātarš, fire), Albanian vatër (which may come ultimately from an Iranic language such as Scythian or Sarmatian). Sometimes considered derived from the Albanian; compare also Serbo-Croatian vatra (fire). The relationships between the languages are unclear, and it is disputed which language borrowed from which, or if it had a common Balkanic source. It may be that some of the Slavic cognates were borrowed from Romanian or other Vlach languages. Another theory suggested is Byzantine Greek βάθρον. [1]


vatră f

  1. fireplace


  1. ^ Romanian Explanatory Dictionary