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From Middle English soote, sote, sot, from Old English sōt, from Proto-Germanic *sōtą (soot), from Proto-Indo-European *sed- (to sit). Cognate with dated Dutch zoet (soot), German Low German Soot (soot), Danish sod (soot), Swedish sot (soot), Icelandic sót (soot). Compare similar ō-grade formation the same Proto-Indo-European root in Old Irish suide (soot) and Balto-Slavic: Lithuanian súodžiai (soot), and Proto-Slavic *saďa (soot) (Russian са́жа (sáža), Polish and Slovak sadza, Bulgarian са́жда (sážda)).