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Proto-IE: *bhodh- / *bhedh-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: to dig
Hittite: {peta- `to dig' - source?}
Old Greek: bóthro-s, bóthǖno-s m. `Loch, Grube, Graben, Vertiefung'
Baltic: *bed- (*bed-a-) vb. tr, *bed-r-iā̃ f.
Germanic: *bad-ja- n., m.
Latin: fodiō, -ere, fōdī, fossum `graben', fossa f. `Graben'
Celtic: *bed- > Cymr bedd `Grab', Corn beth `Grab', Bret béz `Grab'
Russ. meaning: рыть яму
References: WP II 188
Comments: Usually compared also with Slav. *bostī, *bodātī 'to butt' and the correspondent Balt. forms, but semantics is difficult.

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