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ērce

See also: ērcē

LatvianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic *erkyā- (with er̄ > ē:r), from Proto-Indo-European *er- (to tear, to pierce) (whence also ērkšķis (thorn), q.v.) with an extra -(e)k. The original meaning was probably “one who pierces, tears.” Cognates include Lithuanian érkė, Sanskrit ऋक्षरः (r̥kṣaraḥ, sting, thorn, spike), रक्षः (rákṣaḥ, harm), Ancient Greek ἐρέχτω (erékhtō, to tear, to claw), Latin rīcinus (sheep, dog parasite).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

ērce f (5th declension)

  1. tick, mite (numerous species of tiny arachnids of subclass Acari that live as parasites on various plants and animals)
    kamēr zirgs dzēra, zemniek izrāva ērci, kas bija piezīdušies kaklam — while the horse drank, the farmer removed the tick that had been sucking at the (horse's) neck
    atgulās tīfu var pārnest arī ērces — also mites can transmit typhus

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns. 1992, 2001. Latviešu etimoloģijas vārdnīca. Rīga: AVOTS. ISBN 9984700127.