Froms Russian Wikipedia:Well basically, that is more or less same to what Rod said. In Serbian it is медв(ј)ед.

Don't quote me wikipedia bsh and explain me why 'членение *med- + *věd- 'ведающий мёдом' ошибочно'? Use simply your pure reason. Do you have an alternative explanation? If not, ask Russians.

Maybe in Serbian the last part of the word lost the letter 'v' and the word sounds 'med+jed', but in Polish 'wiedź' means 'wiedzieć' and the same is 'veidat' in Russian. Bear in Slavic pagan beliefs had a status of sacral animal and it was connected with 'vieda' – knowledge. Can you accept the other point of view or not? I only make simple linguistic analysis without any support from wikipedia or any other authorities. I don't need them. Pure reason is enough for me.


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