DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɣaːi̯/
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  • Rhymes: -aːi̯

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French gai, from Late Latin gaius (jay). Further etymology uncertain, though plausibly echoic, and supposedly influenced by the Roman common given name Gaius.

NounEdit

gaai m (plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. (zoology) The jaybird, Garrulus glandarinus, a woodland corvine species
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Etymology 2Edit

A parallel form of papagaai (parrot), by popular etymology confused with etymology 1, but actually from Middle Dutch papagoie, papegoie, from Arabic بَبَّغَاء(babbaḡāʾ) and Persian بپغا(bapğâ), of uncertain origin.

NounEdit

gaai m (plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. A wooden, somewhat bird-shaped target, often ornamented with bright plumes, used in archery competitions
  2. The high wooden stake or tower the above is mounted on
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Etymology 3Edit

A parallel form of gade (spouse).

NounEdit

gaai f (plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n or gaaike n)

  1. (uncommon) A female spouse, notably (and mostly used in the diminutive):
    1. a female bird
    2. a female fish
    3. (humorous) a human mistress or wife
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