Uncertain. Possibly from *metură (compare Aromanian metură, Meglenitic m(i)etură, Istro-Romanian meture), from *metula (compare Albanian mettulë), from South Slavic *metla ‘broom’ (compare Serbo-Croatian метла (mètla), Slovene metla, Bulgarian метла (metla)). Another theory suggests possibly a substratum word, akin to Common Slavic metla. More likely ultimately based on Late Latin matta ("mat of rushes"), possibly through a root *mattula, and perhaps influenced by metere. Another possibility is the Latin changing genders in transitioning to Romanian, resulting in a *mat, with plural mături leading to the single mătură through false analogy. Has several near-cognates in Southern Italian dialects. Cf. also Italian matta, Spanish mata.
mătură f (plural mături)
|gender f||indefinite articulation||definite articulation||indefinite articulation||definite articulation|
|nominative/accusative||o mătură||mătura||niște mături||măturile|
|genitive/dative||unei mături||măturii||unor mături||măturilor|
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