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Traditionally derived from Proto-Baltic *put-n-a, a morphological veriant of *putā- (originally “young bird”), from Proto-Indo-European *pōw-, *pū- (small one, baby). Another possibility is that the original stem was *pawt- “to father,” with Latvian pauts (testicle) (dialectally also “egg”) as a direct reflex; from the zero grade form *put- > putns (perhaps with the suffix -ens); in this respect, cf. Sudovian paud (bird). For these hypotheses, cognates include Lithuanian putýtis (chick), paũkštis (bird), Old Church Slavonic пътица (pŭtica), Russian птица (ptíca), Sanskrit पोतः (pótaḥ, young animal, offspring), पुत्रः (putráḥ, son, child), Ancient Greek πῶλος (pôlos, foal), Latin puer (child, boy). Neither hypothesis, however, completely explains the form of this word. A more recent suggestion is Proto-Indo-European *pet- *peth₂- (to jump, to fly, to fall), from which Old Irish ēn (bird) (< *petno-), Old High German fedara, German Feder (feather) (< *pet-er-), Hittite pattar (wing), Sanskrit पतति (patati, to fly, to fall), Ancient Greek πέτομαι (pétomai, to fly), πτερόν (pterón, wing), Latin penna (feather) (< *pet-na). From *pét-r-, *pet-n-és > *ptér-, *pten-és, where an epenthetic u would lead to *putne-, *puten- (cf. dialectal diminutive puteniņš with e), from which putns.[1]


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putns m (1st declension)

  1. bird (vertebrate animal of the class Aves, covered with feathers, with wings and often capable of flying)
    sauszemes, ūdens putnsland, water bird
    jūras, meža putnssea, forest bird
    nakts putnsnight bird
    caurceļotāji putnsmigratory birds
    putnu pārceļošana, migrācijabird migration
    putnu spalvas, knābisbird feathers, beak
    putnu olas, ligzdabird eggs, nest
    putnu dziesmasbird songs
    putnu mēdībasbird hunting
    putnu gaļabird meat, poultry
    putnu kūtsbird shed
    putnu biedēklisscarecrow (lit. bird-scarer)
    ceļotāji, gāju putni, gājputni' birds of passage
    ziemotāji putniwinter birds
    mājas putni, mājputni' fowls, poultry (lit. house birds)
    putnu mērisbird fever
    izēdināt putnus spēkbarību un graudusto feed the birds silage and grains


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “putns”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN