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Proto-IE: *k'wes-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: to pant, to sob
Tokharian: B kwäs- 'mourn, lament' (Adams 237)
Old Indian: śvasiti, śvásati `to breathe, blow, respire, sigh'
Avestan: suši- `die beiden Lungen'
Baltic: *čüš-in̂- vb., *čuš-ē̂- vb.
Germanic: *xwḗs-ia- vb., *xwás-[ō]- vb.; *xwēst=
Latin: queror, -ī, questus `klagen, jammern, sich beschweren', questus, -ūs m. `Klage'
Russ. meaning: шумно дышать, всхлипывать etc.
References: WP I 474 f

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