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Proto-IE: *(s)kalǝ- / *(s)kelǝ-
Nostratic etymology: Nostratic etymology
Meaning: to split, to cut
Hittite: iskalla- (I/II) 'zerreißen, aufschlitzen, abreißen' (Tischler 397 ff)
Old Indian: kalā́ f. `small part, single part, portion'
Armenian: čelkhem `spalte, zerschlage'
Old Greek: keleḯs = aksínē Hsch.; skállō `scharren, hacken', skalís, -ídos f. `Hacke', skalmó-s m. `id.'
Slavic: *kólti, *kõljǫ (раскалывать), *koltъ; *skālā (щепка); *ščelь, *ščāljā
Baltic: *skel̂- vb. tr. (2), skil̂- vb. intr. (1), *skal-ā̂ f., *skal-a- c.; *skil-ia- c.
Germanic: *skil-a- vb., *skil-ō- vb., *skil-ja- vb.; *skil-i- n.
Latin: culter, -trī `Messer (Schlacht-, Küchen-, Winzermesser, Bartschere, Pflugschar)'
Celtic: *skal- > OIr erscailiud, MIr scāilim `lasse los, zerstreue, nehme auseinander', scailt `Spalte', Ir scoiltim `ich spalte'; Cymr chwalu `zerstreuen', Corn scullye, sculye `zerstreuen', Bret skul'a `zerstreuen'
Russ. meaning: раскалывать, рассекать
References: WP II 590 f
Comments: Cf. *kola- which seems to be a different root meaning rather 'to beat, break'.
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