See also: SILS and s'ils

LatvianEdit

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Sils

EtymologyEdit

From an earlier *silas, from Proto-Baltic *šil-, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱl̥-, the reduced grade of *skel-, *sḱel-, perhaps from *kel-, *ḱel- (to dry up) (whence also Latvian kalst “to dry up”) with an s-mobile, or perhaps by metathesis from *ks-el-, from *ḱes- (< *ḱs-eH-), *ḱsā- (burned, dried up) (whence Ancient Greek ξερός (kserós), ξηρός (ksērós) “dry” and Sanskrit क्षायति (kṣā́yati) “to burn”). The meaning change was probably “dry, sandy place” > “forest on a dry, sandy place” > “pinewood, pine forest.” Cognates include Lithuanian šìlas, Ancient Greek σκέλλω (skéll, to dry up).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

sils m (1st declension)

  1. pine forest, pinewood (forest or grove composed of conifers growing in nutrient-poor sandy soil)
    ķērpju sils — lichen forest (i.e., where lichen grows)
    piejūras sils — coastal, seaside pine forest
    paugurains sils — hilly forest

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Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

VolapükEdit

NounEdit

sils

  1. nominative plural of sil
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