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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 Proto-Indo-European:

  • Derksen: *wrǵ- (see *werǵ-); Therefore from earlier *virzsjā. Morphologically *vьrz- +‎ *-ša.
Cognate with Proto-Germanic *werką (> Old High German werc (work)), *wirkijaną (> Old High German wirken (to manufacture by sowing, stitching or weaving))
Cognate with Lithuanian veržỹs.

Baltic cognates include Lithuanian váržas, Latvian var̂za.


*vь̀rša f

  1. fishing basket, fishing trap made of osiers


See alsoEdit



  • Derksen, Rick (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 539
  • Vasmer (Fasmer), Max (Maks) (1964–1973), “верша”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačóv Oleg, Moscow: Progress
  • Sreznevskij, I. I. (1893), “вьрша, врьша”, 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 467