Ancient Greek edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Indo-European *kisteh₂ (woven container), thought to be borrowed from a European substrate. Cognate with Middle Irish cess (basket, causeway of wickerwork, beehive), Old Welsh cest (basket).[1]

Pronunciation edit


Noun edit

κῐ́στη (kístēf (genitive κῐ́στης); first declension

  1. box, chest, casket

Inflection edit

Descendants edit

  • Latin: cista
    • Asturian: cesta
    • English: cist (learned)
    • French: ciste
    • Galician: cesta
    • Italian: cesta; cista (learned)
    • Portuguese: cesta cista (learned)
    • Romansch: cesta, chaista, chista
    • Spanish: cesta
    • Proto-West Germanic: *kistu (see there for further descendants)

References edit

  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) “κίστη”, in Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), volume I, with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 705