This Proto-Slavic 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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Etymology edit

Formed from the adverb *drevľe (ago) +‎ *-ьnъ, but beyond that - of disputed origin:

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  1. ancient, archaic
  2. very old
    Synonym: *prastarъ

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Further reading edit

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) “дре́вний”, in Oleg Trubachyov, transl., Этимологический словарь русского языка [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), Moscow: Progress
  • Trubachyov, Oleg, editor (1978), “*drevьnъ(jь)”, in Этимологический словарь славянских языков [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), numbers 5 (*dělo – *dьržьlь), Moscow: Nauka, page 107
  • Georgiev, Vladimir I., editor (1971), “древен²”, in Български етимологичен речник [Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary] (in Bulgarian), volume 1 (А – З), Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Pubg. House, →ISBN, page 423

References edit

  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) “*drevьnь; *drevьnъ”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, →ISSN, page 239:adj. jo; adj. o ‘ancient’
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) “drev(ьnjь)”, in Common Slavic Accentological Word List[1], Copenhagen: Editiones Olander:c gammeldags (PR 139)