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Proto-IE: *swergh-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: to be ill, to suffer
Hittite: istark- (I) 'erkranken' (Tischler 434)
Tokharian: A särk, B sark 'Krankheit'
Old Indian: sūrkṣati 'to heed, care or trouble about'
Armenian: erk `Mühe', erkn `Geburtschmerzen'
Slavic: *sorgā, *sorgъ
Baltic: *sir̃g- (*ser̃g-a-) vb. (1?), *sar̃g-in̂- vb. caus., *ser̃g-ā̂ f.
Germanic: *swurg-ō(n-) f., *swurg-ē- vb., *swurg-ia- vb.
Celtic: *serg- > OIr serg `Krankheit'
Russ. meaning: болеть, мучиться
References: WP II 529
Comments: In Arm a reflex of *s(w)erg-. As to Hitt ist- ~ IE s-, cf. an anologous corresp. Sl *stregǭ ~ Balt *serg- (see *sterg- 'to love')

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