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Муравей (1)
 
Муравей (2)

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Slavic *morvъ, from Proto-Indo-European *morwiH-.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [mʊrɐˈvʲej]
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NounEdit

мураве́й (muravéjm anim or m inan (genitive муравья́, nominative plural муравьи́, genitive plural муравьёв)

  1. ant
  2. (colloquial, humorous, animate or inanimate) a special motor scooter with three wheels and a rear cargo area made in the USSR between 1959 and 1995 in Tula, officially capitalised - Муравей, some models were given different names: Турист, Тулица, the first model's name was Ту́ла (Túla).
    • 1996, Valentin Kononov, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      И пока́ добря́га Сёмка спал, я три ре́йса на «муравье́» сде́лал.
      I poká dobrjága Sjómka spal, ja tri réjsa na “muravʹjé” sdélal.
      And while the good Syomka slept, I made three trips on my "ant".
    • 1996, Moskva:
      Дак всё ж перело́мано. Он же на «муравье́» с грузовико́м столкну́лся.
      Dak vsjó ž perelómano. On že na “muravʹjé” s gruzovikóm stolknúlsja.
      Why, everything is shattered. You see, his "ant" has collided with a truck.
    • 2005, William Gibson, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      А мо́жет, э́то бы́ли сотру́дники «Си́него муравья́»?
      A móžet, éto býli sotrúdniki “Sínevo muravʹjá”?
      Or maybe they were officers from the "Blue ant"?

Usage notesEdit

  • As the name of the motor scooter, the term is often written in lower case as a friendly, jocular term. It's also often used as an animate noun like an "ant" (insect) (insects are animate nouns in Russian when they are used in the direct sense).

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