roņi on Latvian Wikipedia


From Proto-Baltic *ruon-, probably from Proto-Indo-European *rew-, *row- ‎(to run, to rush, to hurry) with an extra n. The meaning evolution was probably: “run, hurry (together)” > “to be in a group, herd”, “to be fecund, to be fertile, to rut; to be cheerful, neat” > “neat, cheerful, fertile animal living in groups” > “seal.” Cognates include Lithuanian rúonis.[1]


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ronis m (2nd declension)

  1. seal (several species of mammals of the family Phocidae)
    roņu dzimte – the seal family (= Phocidae)
    roņu taukiseal fat
    roņu mednieksseal hunter
    pelēkais ronis – gray seal
    roņi parasti turas barosseals usually stay in groups
    Ieva peldēja slikti, bet es ūdenī jutos kā ronis – Ieva swam badly, but I felt like a seal in water


Derived termsEdit


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