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.



Formed as *tyti (to fatten) +‎ *-lъ, from Proto-Indo-European *tewh₂- (to swell, to be strong). Akin to Lithuanian tū́las (several), Old Prussian tūlan (much) and possibly Sanskrit तूल (tūla, tuft of grass or reeds), Ancient Greek τῡ́λη (tū́lē, hump, bulge).


*tỳlъ m[1][2]

  1. back of the neck, nape

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  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) , “тыл”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress
  • Snoj, Marko (2016) , “tȋlnik”, in Slovenski etimološki slovar, Ljubljana: Inštitut za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, →ISBN


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) , “*tỳlъ”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 503: “m. o (a) ‘back of the neck’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) , “tylъ tyla”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “a (sek. tylo) (NA 115, 133, 143; SA 23); c (RPT 98) back of the head”