Origin of Soot
Old English sōt, from Proto-Germanic *sōtÄ… (“soot"), a derivation of *sitjanÄ… (whence also English sit). Cognate with Old Norse sót, Old Dutch soet and Middle Low German sōt. Compare similar ō-grade formation from the Proto-Indo-European *sed- (“sit") in Old Irish suide (“soot") and Balto-Slavic: Lithuanian súodžiai (“soot"), and Proto-Slavic *sadja (“soot") (Russian са́жа (sáža), Polish and Slovak sadza, Bulgarian са́жда (sážda)).
Middle English from Old English sōt sed- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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