By Vladimir Orel

This quantity is a brand new compendium of Albanian etymology tracing hundreds of thousands of contemporary Albanian phrases again to their origins. It comprises distinct info at the Indo-European vocabulary preserved in Albanian in addition to on a variety of loanwords coming from historic Greek, Latin, early Romance and Slavic.

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A metaphoric usage of the borrowed Lat biga 'pair of animals; team for plowing'. 0 MEYER Wb. 35 (compares bige with Romance words for 'beam'); BARIIi AArbSt I/1-2 141 (< *bhi-ghd to Goth bai 'both', structurally similar to *duoigha); OREL Antic. balk. III 37-39 (from PAlb *dweiga related to Slav *dvigh 'branch'); cABEJ Etim. II 228. 24 bie m, pl. hica 'piglet'. Onomatopoeia (cABEJ Etim. II 222-223) similar Wb. 38 (adduces, to that in E pig. 0 MEYER Alb. St. I 39 (from SCr Slay. zaim. 'young castrated boar'); DESNICKAJA with doubt, Germ Betze 13 (borrowed from SCr bica 'dwarf); SvANE 138 (from Slavic).

BERS1 BERRYI, 23 barsi f, p1. ber,s'i 'husks of grapes, mare'. Borrowed from Rom *bratea reflecting Thracian ppirEa. 0 MEYER Wb. 34 (from Lat brrsa); BROCH IF XL 241-244 (from "Illyrian", cf. Thr 13pircov 'beer' ); HAARMAN 113; cABEJ Etim. II 212 (reconstructs *bris-); DEMIRAJ AE 98 (borrowed from Thracian). (G) bershe m 'juniper'. , Gaulish eburo- (JOKL Festschr. Rozwadowski I 235237). 0 BERTOLD WuS XI 155 (follows JOKL); cABEJ Etim. II 212-213; DEMIRAJ AE 98-99 (critical of the Celtic parallels).

Bercel m 'kind of wheat, Triticum monococcum'. Derived from an unattested *berce *brice borrowed from Slav *bbrica > Bulg brica 'kind of white wheat' (OREL Festschr. Shevoroshkin 258). 0 JOKL apud cABEJ St. 162 (related to bardhe); TRUBAeEV ESSJa III 125; cABEJ Etim. II 209-210 (from Maced &mica 'wheat' < Slav *pb§enica). bdrcik m bercike 'span (between thumb and index)'. Borrowed from Slav *bbre'ikb, cf. Bulg brbeka 'fold, wrinkle'. 0 MEYER Wb. 34 (to an unattested Bulg prb±d); VASMER Alb. Wortforsch.

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