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Latin

Of uncertain origin; proposed derivations include:

  • From a Proto-Indo-European root common to Ancient Greek λίθος (líthos, stone), λίστρον (lístron, spade, shovel) and Latvian lîžu (to clear a land).
  • From Proto-Indo-European *slaid-, *sled-, a root common to Old English slītan (to tear).
  • From a Proto-Indo-European root common to Old Norse lesta (to damage), lǫstr (damage) and Ancient Greek λαιδρός (laidrós, bold).