From Proto-Baltic *war-, *wer- with an extra -de, from Proto-Indo-European *wer-, a stem used to form words that imitate human and animal voices (cf. vārds (“word, name”)). Cognates include Lithuanian varlė̃ (with a different suffix). A different hypothesis derives it from Proto-Indo-European *word-, which also yielded with Old Armenian գորտ (gort).
varde f (5th declension)
- frog (small, tailless amphibian (order: Anura) which typically hops)
- zaļā varde — green frog
- ezera varde — lake frog
- purva varde — marsh frog
- varžu kurkuļi — frog tadpoles
- dīķī kurkst vardes — frogs croak in the pond