See also: Eau, EAU, ÉAU, and -eau

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English ea, eo, from Old English ēa (running water, water, stream, river), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō (waters, river), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Doublet of aqua. Compare ea, yeo. Related to, but not derived from, French eau ("water").

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

eau (plural eaus)

  1. (Lincolnshire) Alternative form of ea

Usage notesEdit

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etymologically unrelated terms

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BariaiEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Ngero *i-om (compare Malalamai yu), although the precise form of this word, like Kove and Lusi veao, is unexplained.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɑu/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯]

NounEdit

eau

  1. water

Derived termsEdit

  • eau-eai (in the water) /eɑu.eɑi/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯.i̯ɑi̯]

ReferencesEdit

  • Steve Gallagher, Peirce Baehr, Bariai Grammar Sketch (2005)
  1. ^ Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988), page 164: PNg *i-om > Malai yom, Gitua yum, Malalamai yu (the forms Kove veao and Bariai eau are unexplained).

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French eau, eaue, from Old French ewe, euwe, egua (water), from Latin aqua (water), from Proto-Italic *akʷā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Cognate with Old English ēa (flowing water, stream, river). More at ea.

See cognates in regional languages in France : Angevin ieau, Bourbonnais-Berrichon aigue or aïe, Bourguignon , Champenois ève or 'aive, Franc-Comtois âve, Gallo iau, Lorrain aoue, Norman iâo, Orléanais iau, Picard ieu, Poitevin-Saintongeais ève, Tourangeau iau, Franco-Provençal égoua and éva, Occitan aiga, Catalan aigua, Corsican acqua.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

eau f (plural eaux)

  1. water, a liquid that is transparent, colorless, odorless, and tasteless in its pure form, the primary constituent of lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans
    Il buvait un verre d’eau fraîche.
    He drank a cool glass of water.
    L’eau de mer et l’eau de rivière n’ont pas la même teneur en sel et n’abritent donc pas les mêmes poissons.
    Sea water and river water do not have the same salt content and thus do not harbor the same fish.
    • 1951, First Congress on Irrigation and Drainage. Transactions. vol. 2, page 149.
      L'alteration de l′eau du lac par l'effect des courants du fond vers la surface semble s'expliquer par le fait, que le courant à densité avait une temperature plus élevée que les couches inférieures et moyennes du lac.
      The alteration of the lake's 'water by the effect of the current from the bottom to the surface seems to be explained by the fact that the density current had a higher temperature than the inferior and medium layers of the lake.
  2. In particular, rain
    Si le vent dure, nous aurons de l’eau.
    If the wind persists, we will have rain.
  3. (chemistry) the chemical compound with molecular formula H2O existing in the form of ice, liquid water or steam
    L’eau se durcit par le froid et se vaporise par la chaleur.
    Water hardens with cold and vaporises with heat.
  4. Natural liquid quantities or expanses
    Le soir, ils se baignaient dans les eaux du lac Titicaca.
    In the evening, they bathed in the waters of Lake Titicaca.
  5. Fluids such as sweat, formed and found in the body of man or animal
    Les vésicatoires font des ampoules pleines d’eau.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
    L’eau m'en vint à la bouche.
    That made my mouth water.
    Il s’est échauffé à courir, il est tout en eau.
    He warmed up to run. He's all sweaty.

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Antillean Creole: dlo
  • Guianese Creole: dilo
  • Haitian Creole: dlo
  • Karipúna Creole French: djilo, dlo
  • Louisiana Creole French: dilo, dolo, dlo
  • Mauritian Creole: dilo
  • Seychellois Creole: delo
  • Tayo: delo, dolo

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Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French euwe, ewe, egua, from Latin aqua.

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

eau f (plural eaus or eaux)

  1. water

DescendantsEdit

  • French: eau (see there for further descendants)

RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) jau
  • (Sursilvan) jeu
  • (Sutsilvan) jou
  • (Surmiran) ia
  • (Vallader) eu

EtymologyEdit

From Vulgar Latin eo, from Latin ego, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.

PronounEdit

eau

  1. (Puter) I