See also: vatra



Uncertain. Commonly considered a substrate word. Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eh₂ter-, *eh₂ter- through some intermediate; compare Avestan 𐬁𐬙𐬀𐬭𐬱 ‎(ātarš, fire), Albanian vatër (which may come ultimately from an Iranian language such as Scythian or Sarmatian). Sometimes considered derived from the Albanian[1]; compare also Serbo-Croatian vatra ‎(fire). The relationships between the languages are unclear, and it is disputed which language borrowed from which, or if it had a common Balkanic source. It may be that some of the Slavic cognates were borrowed from Romanian or other Vlach languages. Another theory suggested is Byzantine Greek βάθρον. [2]

See Proto-Iranian *ātr-, *ātar- ‎(fire) for more.


vatră f

  1. fireplace
  2. (by extension, figuratively) home, house, dwelling, abode



  1. ^ M. V. Domosileckaja (2002), Albansko-vostočnoromanskij sopostavitelʹnyj ponjatijnyj slovarʹ: Skotovodčeskaja leksika. [Albanian – Eastern Romance Comparative Conceptual Dictionary: The Pastoral Vocabulary], Saint Petersburg: Nauka, page 457, ISBN 5-02-028531-5
  2. ^ Romanian Explanatory Dictionary
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