pīle

See also: pile, píle, and pīlē

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Pīle

EtymologyEdit

Of onomatopoeic (imitative) origin, as is the case with several other Indo-European bird names, all from Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic *pī- (reduplicated form *pīp-): Lithuanian pỹlė ‎(duck), Bulgarian пиле ‎(píle, chick, young bird), Serbo-Croatian pı̏le ‎(chick), Slovene pípa ‎(chicken), Ancient Greek πῑ́πος ‎(pī́pos, young bird). The Latvian term, originally probably a dialectal colloquialism, has apparently replaced an earlier Proto-Baltic *antis; compare Lithuanian ántis ‎(duck).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

pīle f (5th declension)

  1. duck (birds of family Anatidae)
    mājas pīle — domestic (lit. house) duck
    meža pīle — wild (lit. forest) duck
    pīļu mātīte — female duck
    pīļu olasduck eggs
    pīļu ligzdošanas vietasduck nesting areas
    pīļu audzētavaduck farm
    pīles cepetis — roast duck
  2. (colloquial) false sensationalist rumors
    avīžu pīle — newspaper sensationalist rumors
    palaist pīli — to run a sensationalist rumor

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ReferencesEdit

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