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LatvianEdit

 sermulis on Latvian Wikipedia
 
Sermulis (vasarā)
 
Sermulis (ziemā)

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EtymologyEdit

From *serm- +‎ -ulis, from Proto-Baltic *šerm-, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-(gray color) with an extra -m (whence also Latvian sirms(gray), q.v.). Cognates include Lithuanian šermuõ, šermuonė̃lis, Old High German harmo, German Hermelin.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

sermulis m (2nd declension)

  1. stoat, ermine (a mustelid species of the weasel family, Mustela erminea, whose fur becomes completely white in winter)
    sermuļa āda, sermuļāda‎ ― ermine fur
    sermuļa apkakle‎ ― ermine (fur) collar
    sermulis ir ļoti derīgs dzīvnieks, jo iznīcina daudz peļu‎ ― the stoat is a very useful animal, because it kills many mice
    sermulis medī žurkas, ūdensžurkas, peles, sīkos putnus, uzbrūk pat irbēm un zaķiem‎ ― the stoat hunts rats, water rats, mice, little birds, attacking even partridges and hares

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ReferencesEdit

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