- B. Oshodi, The HTS (High Tone Syllable) in Arigidi: An Introduction, in the Nordic Journal of African Studies 20(4): 263–275 (2011)
In the meaning 'whole' it is fully adjectival in its behaviour, being placed after the noun and taking normal inflections for the end of the noun phrase. In the meaning 'very' it precedes another adjective and commonly precedes the noun as well:
mendi osoa ― the whole mountain
mendi oso handia ― the very big mountain
oso mendi handia ― the very big mountain
mendia oso handia da ― the mountain is very big
oso m (plural osos)
- bear (animal)
- dative masculine singular of
- dative neuter singular of
- ablative masculine singular of
- ablative neuter singular of
From Old Spanish osso, from Vulgar Latin *ussus, from Latin ursus (compare Asturian osu, Aragonese onso, Catalan ós, French ours, Italian orso, Portuguese urso (Old Portuguese usso), Romanian urs), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ŕ̥tḱos (“bear”).
See etymology on the main entry.