All Russian verbs ending in -оть I can think of had been subject to the metathesis or the liquids and did not have this ending in Proto-Slavic:

бороть (CS брати) < *барти (cf. брань)

колоть (CS клати) < *калти (cf. заклание)

молоть (CS млѣти) < *мелти

полоть (CS плѣти) < *пелти

пороть (CS прати) < *порти

Are there verbs that did have this ending in PS or CS?

  • I'm afraid you have enumerated all the Russian verbs in -оть, and there were absolutely no verbs in -оти in OS.
    – Yellow Sky
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:29
  • @YellowSky: that's what I thought too, just wanted to confirm (preferably with a source)
    – Quassnoi
    Feb 12, 2013 at 19:59

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According to the reverse Russian dictionary, there are no Russian verbs ending in -оть, other than those listed in the question.

Thus, the answer is no.

That is, all Russian verbs ending in -оть have been subject to the metathesis of the liquids, and there are no Russian verbs that inherited that ending (оть/оти) from PS.

  • 1
    What kind of examples are you interested in? There are 78 words ending in -оть in the dictionary (lines 5 to 82), and they are either derivatives of the verbs listed by @Quassnoi (e.g. обмолоть, сполоть, перепороть), or belong to other lexical categories (перхоть, деготь, хоть, вплоть etc.) Oct 20, 2013 at 6:39

Actually, none of the CS or PS verbs could have -оть in its endings, because -оть is a MR ending.

By the way, you have missed the dialect form of надоть.


How about (по)бороть/перебороть?

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    It's a derivative of бороть mentioned in the question.
    – Quassnoi
    Aug 10, 2013 at 12:24

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