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Āpsis

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic; compare Lithuanian opšrùs, Old Prussian wobsdus. The source may be Proto-Indo-European *op- (to do, carry out), from which Latvian regionalism āpēties (work hard) (compare Sanskrit अपः (ápaḥ, work, organizing), Latin opus (work, task)). This name would be justified by the badger's well-made burrows. A parallel case is German Dachs (badger) from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (weave, build).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

āpsis m (2nd declension)

  1. badger (name of several species of Mustelids, especiallyl Meles meles)
    āpša ādabadger skin
    āpšu alasbadger burrow
    dzīvot kā āpsim alāto live like a badger in his burrow (= without paying attention to the lives of others)

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “āpsis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN