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Proto-IE: *pers-
Meaning: snowy, speck of dust, drop
Hittite: pappars- (I/II) 'spritzen, sprengen' (Friedrich 157)
Tokharian: A, B pärs- 'to sprinkle' (Adams 375)
Old Indian: parṣati `to sprinkle'; pŕṣant- `spotted, speckled; sprinkling', pŕṣatī f. `dappled cow or mare, spotted doe', pŕṣat, prṣatá- m. `drop of water'
Avestan: paršuya- `Schneewasser ?'
Slavic: *pьršītī, *pьrxъ, *porxъ, *pьrstь
Baltic: *per̃s-l-ā̂, *par̃s-l-ā̂ f., *purs-l-ā̂ f. (Lith CIRC/Lett AC, 1), *pur̃s-l-a- c
Germanic: *fúrs-a- m.
Russ. meaning: снежинка, пылинка, капелька
References: WP II 50

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