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




From *žędati (to wish, desire) +‎ *-ja.


*žę̃ďa f[1]

  1. thirst
  2. craving, yearning, wish, desire
    Synonym: *žeľa


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See alsoEdit


  • East Slavic:

Further readingEdit

  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “жа́жда”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv Oleg, Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “жажда”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 1, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 290
  • Cejtlin, R.M.; Večerka, R.; Blagova, E., editors (1994), “жѧжда”, in Staroslavjanskij slovarʹ (po rukopisjam X—XI vekov) [Old Church Slavonic Dictionary (Based on 10–11th Century Manuscripts)], Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 222
  • Sreznevskij, I. I. (1893), “жажа”, in Materialy dlja slovarja drevne-russkago jazyka po pisʹmennym pamjatnikam [Materials for the Dictionary of the Old Russian Language According to Written Monuments] (in Russian), volume 1, Saint Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, page 840
  • ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*žę́dja”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 560