From Middle English whit, hwit, from Old English hwīt, from Proto-West Germanic *hwīt, from Proto-Germanic *hwītaz (whence also West Frisian wyt, Dutch wit, German weiß, Norwegian Bokmål hvit, Norwegian Nynorsk kvit), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱweydós, a byform of *ḱweytós. Compare Lithuanian šviẽsti, šviesa, Old Church Slavonic свѣтъ, свѣтьлъ, Persian سفید, Avestan 𐬯𐬞𐬀𐬉𐬙𐬀, Sanskrit श्वेत.
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