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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 (definite mēļais, comparative mēļāks, superlative vismēļākais, adverb mēļi)

  1. dark blue, blue with a tone of violet
    mēļš tērpsdark blue suit
    mēļas asteresdark blue asters (= aster flowers)
    mēļa krēsladark blue dusk
    villaines audums bijis krāsots tumši zilā, mēļā krāsāwollen shawl fabric was died dark blue, violet-blue

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ReferencesEdit

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