From pa- +‎ klājs (deck (of ship)), with klājs (q.v.) being an irregular nominal form of klāt (to cover).[1]


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paklājs m (1st declension)

  1. carpet, rug, mat (floor covering, usually soft, to embellish it)
    mīksts paklājs‎ ― soft carpet, rug
    rakstains paklājs‎ ― patterned carpet, rug
    tautiskā stilā austs paklājs‎ ― carpet, rug woven in ethnic, folkloric style
    pīts paklājs‎ ― braided mat, matting
    gumijas paklājs‎ ― rubber mat
    linoleja paklājs‎ ― linoleum covering
    burvju paklājs‎ ― magic carpet (folkloric)
  2. covering, layer (a covering that stays at the bottom of something)
    hidroizolācijas paklājs‎ ― waterproof cover, layer
  3. (sports) mat (a floor covering, especially in martial arts, designed to protect the athletes from injury during training and competitions)
    cīnas paklājs‎ ― wrestling mat
  4. (figuratively) layer (something, a substance, that covers something else)
    ziedu, sūnu, sniega paklājs‎ ― a layer of flowers, moss, snow
    krasta nav; ir tikai saule un miglas paklājs pāri jūrai‎ ― there is no coast; only the sun and a layer, carpet of fog across the sea



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