Third part of my short series describing the symbolism of colors in Polish folklore.
Again, starting with a bit of vocabulary and etymology for the interested (you might skip these few points to go right to the text below):
- black (noun): czerń
- adjectives: (she) czarna; (he) czarny; (it) czarne [full declension here at wiktionary]
- etymology: coming from Proto-Slavic *čьrnъ, from earlier *čьrxnъ < *kьršnъ, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *kiršnas, from Proto-Indo-European *kr̥snós (black) [wiktionary]
- the above root for the color black is pretty much consistent across all Slavic languages
- also called: kary (used only to describe the color of horses) and wrony (used to describe colors of other animals, today rarely in use)
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