This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

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Kroonen notes a possible derivation from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweytōr, genitive *ḱwitnós, a heteroclitic byform of *ḱweytos (bright; shine). The oblique stem, used to form *ḱwitnós would create a voiceless geminate stop tt assuming Kluge's law, which would be reduced to a single t after the heavy first syllable once the consonantism was analogically extended to other cases. Compare Proto-Slavic *světъ.

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  1. white
    Synonyms: *blaikaz, *blankaz

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Colors in Proto-Germanic · *farwôz (layout · text)
     *blaikaz, *blankaz, *hwītaz, *blasaz      *falwaz, *grēwaz, *haswaz, *grīsaz, *hairaz      *blakaz, *swartaz
             *raudaz              *brūnaz, *erpaz, *dusnaz              *gelwaz, *gulaz
             *grōniz              *grōniz             
                          *blēwaz              *blēwaz, *hēwijaz
             *blēwaz, *hēwijaz              *baswaz