See also: vatra




Uncertain. Commonly considered a substrate word. Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁eh₂ter-, *eh₂ter-, *ātr- ‎(fire) 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 Peleo-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 ‎(báthron). [2]

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


vatră f

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



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