From Proto-Baltic *mawr- (perhaps Proto-Balto-Slavic *mouʔros), from the stem Proto-Indo-European *mew-, *mū-, *mu- (“humidity; dirty wetness; to wash”), with an extra -r. The meaning evolved from “humid place” to “humid place where many plants grow,” “small plants of humid, swampy areas,” and finally “area covered with herbs, grass.” Cognates include Lithuanian máuras, usually plural mauraĩ, Russian мурава (muravá, “grass, lawn”), dialectal мура (mura, “small plants; piece of land covered with low vegetation and flooded during spring”), Ukrainian мурина (muryná, “miry, swampy place after flooding”), Ancient Greek μύρω (mýrō, “to flow”), μύρομαι (mýromai, “to cry”).
maurs m (1st declension)
- ^ “maurs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
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