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Proto-IE: *weyǝt- (Gr w-)
Meaning: willow
Old Indian: veta- m. `cane, reed' (L.), vetasá- m. `ratan (Calamus Rotang) or a similar kind of cane, reed'; vetra- m. `a k. of large reed, prob. Calamus Rotang or Fasciculatus'
Avestan: vāeiti- 'Weide, Weidengerte'
Other Iranian: NPers bīd `willow'
Old Greek: ītéi̯ǟ, ītéǟ f. `Weide'; oi̯sǘǟ f. `lǘgos, Weide', ôi̯so-s (/ oi̯só-s) m. Weidenart, `Keuschlamm'
Slavic: *vītɨ̄, gen. -ъve; *vītь; *vītъlъ, *vītъlā, *vьtъlā
Baltic: *wī̆tw-ā, *wī̂t-ō̂l-[a]-, *wī̂t-ul-[a]- (2) c.
Germanic: *wīd-iṓ(n-) f., *wīd-iá- m., *wī́ɵ-ig-a- m., *wai[ɵ]=
Latin: vītex (~ -i-), gen. -icis `Keuschlam, Abrahamsbaum'
Russ. meaning: дерево (ива)
References: WP I 223 f
Comments: Contamin. with *wey- 'branch, rod' and 'to weave', or all these may be derivatives of the same ancient root.

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