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EtymologyEdit

From mīksts (soft) +‎ -ums.

NounEdit

mīkstums m (1st declension)

  1. softness (the quality of that which is soft)
    mālu mīkstumsthe softness of clay
    matu mīkstumsthe softness of hair
    rakstura mīkstumssoftness of character
    ūdens mīkstumswater softness
    viņa iegrimst sēdekļa mīkstums līdz ausīmshe was absorbed into the softness of the seat to (her) ears
  2. soft part (of something)
    maizes mīkstumssoft part of bread (under the crust)
    zoba mīkstumssoft part of teeth, dental pulp
    atdalīt plūmes kauliņu no mīkstumato separate plum seed(s) from the pulp
    sagriezt gaļas mīkstumu šķēlēsto cut the soft meat into slices
    (colloquial) dabūt pa mīkstumiem — to get on the soft parts (of one's bodies, i.e., to get a beating)

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