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kurmis

EtymologyEdit

Per Karulis, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷr̥mis [thus a doublet of Proto-Balto-Slavic *kirmis (worm), whence Lithuanian kirmis, Latvian ķirmis, cirmenis (woodworm, grub)]

Karulis also mentions ķirmis and the e-grade cērme (roundworm, parasitic nematode) as cognates, he also points to Finnish kurmu (deer gadfly larva) which could be a borrowing from Baltic.[1]

Derksen does not give a conclusive etymology.

NounEdit

kurmis m (2nd declension)

  1. mole (animal)

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “kurmis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN

LithuanianEdit

 
Lithuanian Wikipedia has an article on:
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EtymologyEdit

Cognate with Latvian kur̃mis.

NounEdit

kùrmis m (plural kùrmiai) stress pattern 1

  1. mole (animal)

DeclensionEdit