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Akmens

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *akmō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éḱ-mō, *h₂éḱ-h₂-men (whence also asmens, originally a parallel form to akmens, created by a different development of *ḱ, perhaps due to Proto-Indo-European dialectal differences), from the stem *aḱ-, *h₂éḱ- (sharp, pointy, angular; stone) with an extra element -men. Cognates include Lithuanian akmuõ, genitive akmeñs, Sudovian akmi, Hittite aku (sharp stone), Sanskrit अश्मन् (aśman, stone, rock, sky), Avestan asman (asman, stone, sky), Ancient Greek ἄκμων (ákmōn, anvil), ἀκμή (akmḗ, spike, edge, blade); with reduction (zero grade) of the stem (*h₂éḱ-h₂-men > Proto-Slavic *kamen ~ *kamy “stone”), also Belarusian, Russian камень (kámen'), Ukrainian камінь (kámin'), Bulgarian камен (kámen), Czech kámen, Polish kamień.[1]

According to more recent analyses, the corresponding form may have been *akmō all the way up to Eastern Baltic unity, thus identical to the Proto-Balto-Slavic form.

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NounEdit

akmens m (2nd declension, irregular nominative, genitive)

  1. stone, rock (non-metallic solid mineral; a piece of such mineral)
    ass, šķautņaina akmens‎ ― sharp, angular stone
    akmens šķembas‎ ― crushed stone
    akmens slabs, plāksne‎ ― stone pillar, plate
    akmens klons, sienas, bruģis‎ ― stone floor, walls, pavement
    mest akmeni‎ ― to throw a stone
    lauzt akmeņus‎ ― to break stones, rocks
    smags ka akmens‎ ― heavy as a rock
    ciets ka akmens‎ ― hard as a rock
    krīt ka akmens‎ ― to fall like a rock
    akmens laikmets‎ ― the stone age (in prehistory)
  2. (in the genitive, used as adjective) hard; indifferent, unfeeling, unrelenting, unshakable
    akmens sirds‎ ― heart of stone
    gleznotājs ar nekustīgu akmens seju bija atlaidies atzveltnes krēslā‎ ― the painter with the immobile, stone face had let himself down on the armchair
  3. precious stone, also an imitation of a precious stone
    rets akmens‎ ― rare (gem)stone
    īsti akmeņi‎ ― real, genuine (gem)stone
    gredzens ar akmeni‎ ― ring with a (precious) stone
    pulkstenis ar piecpadsmit akmeņiem‎ ― a clock with fifteen gems
  4. (medicine, anatomy) stone, calculus (a hard, usually saline, formation in the body)
    žults akmeņi‎ ― gall stones
    zobu akmens, zobakmens‎ ― tartar (lit. teeth stone)
    nieru akmeņi veidojas nieru bļodiņās‎ ― kidney stones are formed in the renal pelvis
  5. residue left in certain objects
    katla akmens‎ ― boiler stone (= mineral deposits on boiler walls resulting from boiling water)

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ReferencesEdit

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