From Proto-Baltic *meyt-, *miet-, from Proto-Indo-European *mēyt-, *meyt-, from *mēy-, *mey- (“stake, pole”) with an extra -t, perhaps from the stem *mē- (“to delimit; to measure, to survey”), since stakes in line were one of the first means of marking or delimiting (cf. Latin mēta (“post; target”), mētor (“to delimit, to measure”)). Cognates include Lithuanian miẽtas, Old Irish methas (“border sign”) (< *mitostu-), Sanskrit मेथिः (methíḥ, “pole, pillar”), Old Armenian մոյթ (moytʿ, “support, prop, pillar”), Latin mēta (“cone, pointy post; border sign; target”) (< *mē(i)tā).
miets m (1st declension)
- (pointy) stick, stake, picket, post, pole
- sētas miets — fence picket
- mietu žogs — palisade (lit. picket fence)
- paegļa miets — juniper pole
- ozola miets — oak pole
- piesiet augļu kociņu pie mieta — to tie a small fruit tree to a pole (to support it while it grows)