bebrs

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Bebrs

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic *bebras (parallel form *bebrus), from Proto-Indo-European *be-bʰru-s, *be-bʰro-s, reduplicated forms of *bʰer- ‎(shiny, light brown) (whence also bērs, q.v.). The original meaning of bebrs was thus “brown one.” Cognates include Lithuanian bẽbras, bebrùs, Old Prussian bebrus, Proto-Slavic *bebrъ, *bobrъ, *bьbrъ (Old East Slavic бебръ ‎(bebrŭ), бобръ ‎(bobrŭ), Russian бобр ‎(bobr), Belarusian бабёр ‎(babjór), бабрак ‎(babrák), Ukrainian бобер ‎(bobér), бібр ‎(bibr), Bulgarian бъбър ‎(bǎ́bǎr), бобър ‎(bóbǎr), бебер ‎(béber), Czech bobr, Polish bóbr), Old High German bibar, German Biber, English beaver, Avestan [script needed] ‎(bawra), Latin fiber.[1]

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NounEdit

bebrs m (1st declension)

  1. beaver (rodent of genus Castor, especially Castor fiber)
    bebru māte ar trim mazuļiem — a female (lit. mother) beaver with three small ones
    bebra āda, bebrādabeaver skin, fur
    novilkt bebram ādu — to remove a beaver's skin, to skin a beaver

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ReferencesEdit

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