pirksts on Latvian Wikipedia


From Proto-Balto-Slavic *pirštas, from Proto-Indo-European *per (over) (whence also Latvian par, q.v.) in its reduced grade *pr̥, with *stā- (to stand) (whence also Latvian stāt (to stop), q.v.). The original meaning was therefore “(the one(s)) standing in front, directed to(ward) the front.” Cognates include Lithuanian pir̃štas, Old Prussian pīrsten (probably masculine accusative), nagepristis (toe nails, claws) (< *nagepirstis), Proto-Slavic *prьstъ (Russian archaic перст (perst), Ukrainian перст (perst), Upper Sorbian porst, Bulgarian пръст (prǎst), Czech prst, Polish parst), Old High German first (spike, protuberance), German First (ridge, top), Sanskrit पृष्ठम् (pṛṣṭhám, back, tip, ending), Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬭𐬱𐬙𐬀 (paršta, backbone, spine), Latin postis (post, doorpost) (< *porstis “the one standing in front”).[1]


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pirksts m (1st declension)

  1. (anatomy) finger, toe (movable extremities of the hand or foot)
    slaidi, gari pirksti‎ ― long, slender fingers
    līki pirksti‎ ― crooked fingers
    pirksta locītava‎ ― knuckle (lit. finger joint)
    pirksta kauli, gali‎ ― finger bones, tips
    pirkstu nospiedums‎ ― fingerprint
    lielais pirksts‎ ― big toe
    rādītāja pirksts, rādītājpirksts‎ ― index (lit. showing) finger
    vidējais pirksts‎ ― middle finger
    skaitīt uz pirkstiem‎ ― to count on one's fingers
  2. finger (parts of a glove that cover the fingers)
    noadīt cimda pirkstu‎ ― to knit a glove finger
  3. elongated component or part of a mechanism
    virzuļa pirksts‎ ― piston (connecting) rod


Derived termsEdit


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