Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/bilją

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-Germanic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyH- (to strike; beat).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

*bilją n

  1. a cutting implement; blade; axe; sword
  2. spike; peg; nail

Inflection[edit]

neuter ja-stemDeclension of *bilją (neuter ja-stem)
singular plural
nominative *bilją *biljō
vocative *bilją *biljō
accusative *bilją *biljō
genitive *biljas, *bilis *biljǫ̂
dative *biljai *biljamaz
instrumental *biljō *biljamiz

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Note: In some daughter languages, *bilją was conflated with another similar word with a long ī, also meaning "axe"; see German Beil for more.