существо

RussianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From су́щий ‎(súščij) +‎ -ество ‎(-estvo).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

существо́ ‎(suščestvón anim ‎(genitive существа́, nominative plural существа́)

  1. creature, being
  2. essence

DeclensionEdit

Usage notesEdit

  • The noun существо́ is one of the rarest Russian neuter nouns to have animacy. Other neuter nouns with animacy include живо́тное ‎(živótnoje), насеко́мое ‎(nasekómoje), etc.

ReferencesEdit

  • сущий in Max Vasmer (1986), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 4 vols (second edition), Moscow: Progress — Translated from German and supplemented by O. N. Trubačóv
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