pīle

See also: pile, píle, and pīlē

LatvianEdit

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Pīle

EtymologyEdit

Of onomatopoeic (imitative) origin, as is the case with several other Indo-European bird names, all from Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic *pī- (reduplicated form *pīp-): Lithuanian pỹlė (duck), Bulgarian пиле (píle, chick, young bird), Serbo-Croatian pı̏le, Slovene pípa (chicken), Ancient Greek πίπος (pī́pos, young bird). The Latvian term, originally probably a dialectal colloquialism, has apparently replaced an earlier Proto-Baltic *antis; cf. Lithuanian ántis (duck).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

pīle f (5th declension)

  1. duck (birds of family Anatidae)
    mājas pīle — domestic (lit. house) duck
    meža pīle — wild (lit. forest) duck
    pīļu mātīte — female duck
    pīļu olasduck eggs
    pīļu ligzdošanas vietasduck nesting areas
    pīļu audzētavaduck farm
    pīles cepetis — roast duck
  2. (colloquial) false sensationalist rumors
    avīžu pīle — newspaper sensationalist rumors
    palaist pīli — to run a sensationalist rumor

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “pīle” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
Last modified on 18 December 2013, at 21:12