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 Proto-Balto-Slavic *bérˀźas, with a change in gender and inflection, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerHǵós. The term refers specially to the genus Betula and was given because of its distinctive white bark. Other kinds of birch were known as *olьxa (alder) (also encountered as *elьša in some descendants) because of their brownish bark.


*bèrza f[1][2][3][4]

  1. birch


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  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) , “*bèrza”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 38: “f. ā (a) ‘birch’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) , “berza -y”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “a (SA 155, 177; PR 132; RPT 107, 111)”
  3. ^ Snoj, Marko (2016) , “brẹ́za”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar, Ljubljana: Inštitut za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, →ISBN: “*be̋rza”
  4. ^ Kapović, Mate (2007) , “The Development of Proto-Slavic Quantity”, in Wiener Slavistisches Jahrbuch[1], University of Vienna, page 5: “*be̋rza”