|Hellenic||Greek beltión 'better'|
|Italic||Latin de-bilis 'weak'|
|Celtic||Common Celtic *bal- 'strong' >
Old Irish odbal 'strong', Middle Irish balc 'strong', Irish dibeal 'old', Welsh balch 'proud', Breton balc'h
|Indic||Sanskrit bala- 'strength', baliyán 'stronger'|
|Balkan||Phrygian balaios 'big, fast'|
|Germanic||Common Germanic *pala- 'strong, solid' >
Middle Dutch & Low German & Frisian pal 'strong, firm'
|Slavic||Common Slavic *boljï, *bolje 'more, bigger'
Russian bolee 'more', bol'shoj 'big'
|Notes:||A rather unique word, for the phoneme *b is found very rarely in pure Indo-European words. The glottalic theory suggested that it never existed at all. In any case, this root is maybe the most reliable proof of the existance of *b in Proto-Indo-European. Otherwise, it was an early borrowing from some outside language.|