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I am just starting to learn Russian and I noticed that these 2 words are very similar. Are they actually related? Is a square a place to keep your horse? Thanks in advance.

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  • It seems unlikely that they are related. Various online sources (wiktionary.org, lexicography.online) say that лошадь derives etymologically from Turkic languages, while площадь is either from Proto-Slavic or from Greek. Perhaps someone can cite an authoritative source. – ghostarbeiter May 11 at 23:18
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    the etymology of both words is easily googleable. for instance, en.wiktionary.org/wiki/… and en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%88%D0%B0%D0%B4%D1%8C – shabunc May 12 at 6:02
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    They are not related any more than English "place" and "lace" are. – Elena May 16 at 17:44
  • Not a similar. No, the "лошадь" and "площадь" have not any connections. –  Пилум Jun 19 at 12:49
  • But if you call as "similar" - exactly the suffix of words, ha ha... :) "-адь" in this case... Then welcome in the Inflectional-Synthethic languages. :))) There are a tons these.. "similarities"... :) in this. This is the system of the word's constructing.. In this case this suffix show that words are the feminne gender. –  Пилум Jun 19 at 12:58
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They are not related any more than English "mare" and "square" are.

Лошадь is believed to originate from Turkic languages.

Площадь is a native Russian word, ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European etymon, which is also a distant ancestor of the English word "flake".

There are lots words in Russian. For purely statistical reasons, coincidences like this are dime a dozen.

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