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.

Proto-Slavic edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *(s)mēl-i-. Cognate with Lithuanian smė̃lis (sand), smėlỹs (sand), Latvian smēlis (fine sand), Old Norse melr (sandbank) (dialectal), Swedish smula (chunk) (dialectal). Related to *mělъkъ (small, shallow). Likely related to *melti (to grind, mill).

Noun edit

*mělь f[1][2]

  1. finely ground substance
  2. chalk
  3. sandbank

Usage notes edit

Apparently by Late Common Slavic times the two variants had started to diverge in meaning, with the feminine i-stem variant meaning "sand, sandbank" while the masculine o-stem variant meant "chalk, powder".

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References edit

  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008), “*mělь; *mělъ”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden; Boston: Brill, →ISBN, →ISSN, page 310: “f. i; m. o”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001), “mělъ”, in Common Slavic Accentological Word List, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “c kalk, mel (PR 137)”