cauna

See also: caunā

LatvianEdit

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Cauna

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic *kyau-, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeu-, *keu- (to shine; light; bright), with an added suffix *-no. Cognates include Lithuanian kiáunė, dialectal kiaunė̃, Old Prussian caune ([kaune]) (cf. Latvian dialectal caune), Proto-Slavic *kuna (Russian куница (kuníca), dialectal куна (kuná), Czech, Polish kuna).[1]

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NounEdit

cauna f (4th declension)

  1. marten (several species of mustelids of genus Martes)
    meža cauna — forest marten
    medīt caunas — to hunt marten
    caunu kažoksmarten fur
    caunu cepuremarten (fur) hat
    putni ziemā viegli kļūst par laupīmu vanagam, caunai, sermulim un lapsaí — birds in winter easily become prey to hawks, martens, ermines and foxes

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “cauna” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
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