blue, bleu, blau

demalaga

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España castellano
Which root come from this words for the colour blue in French, Catalan and German?
Also the Polish word for white is bialy wich sounds not very different.Could this word come from a common origin?
 
  • Maroseika

    Moderator
    Russian
    Your guess may be right.
    Polish word "bialy" as well as the similar words in other Slavic languages derivates from the same root as Ancient-Indian bhālam - shine, glitter (e.g. Ancient-Island bal - fire).
    As for the "blue", according to this site http://www.etymonline.com it meant formerly various light colors, incl. blue, blond and yellow. Thereforу it also me originate from the same Indo-European root, as Slavic white.
     
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