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 Zirgs on Latvian Wikipedia

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There are diverging opinions on the origin of this word. The one most likely to be true connects zirgs to the adjective žirgts (brisk, lively, alert) (q.v.) from the (no longer in usage) verb žirgt (to liven up, to freshen up). The original meaning would therefore have been “brisk, agile (animal),” from which “fast runner” and then “horse” (probably via “stallion,” a meaning still attested dialectally for the Lithuanian cognate). Others links zirgs to Latin grex (herd, flock), or to Lithuanian žir̃gti, žer̃gti (to sit astraddle, to sit; to spread one's legs; to walk with one's legs raised high), or perhaps to Lithuanian žer̃ti (to scrape, to scratch; (of horse) to paw), Armenian ձար (jar, mane), or to Old Norse građr (not castrated). Cognates include Lithuanian žìrgas (good, beautiful horse; steed), Old Prussian sirgis ([zirgis], stallion), Sudovian zirgo (horse).[1]


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zirgs m (1st declension)

  1. horse (esp. Equus caballus; generic word)
    šķirnes zirgs — breed horse
    darba zirgs — work horse
    sacīkšu zirgs — race horse
    neiebraukts zirgs — a horse that has not been run in
    braukt ar zirgu — to ride (on) a horse
    zirgs rikšo, auļo — the horse trots, gallops
    zirgs zviedz — the horse neighs
    apkalt zirgu — to shoe a horse
    dzirdīt zirgus pie akas — to make the horses drink at the well
    jūgt zirgu arklā — to harness a horse to a plow
    strādā kā zirgs — (s/he) works like a horse


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  1. ^ “zirgs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7