See also: mels and méls

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LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the same stem as melns (q.v.): Proto-Baltic *mel-n, from Proto-Indo-European *mel-(dark, red color; dirty). Interestingly, the same stem gave rise to blue- and black-color terms in Baltic languages. Cognates include Lithuanian dialectal mė́las(blue), Sudovian mełno(black).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

mēļš (def. mēļais, comp. mēļāks, sup. vismēļākais; adv. mēļi)

  1. dark blue, blue with a tone of violet
    mēļš tērps‎ ― dark blue suit
    mēļas asteres‎ ― dark blue asters (= aster flowers)
    mēļa krēsla‎ ― dark blue dusk
    villaines audums bijis krāsots tumši zilā, mēļā krāsā‎ ― wollen shawl fabric was died dark blue, violet-blue

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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