See also: SILS and s'ils

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Sils

EtymologyEdit

From an earlier *silas, from Proto-Baltic *šil-, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱl̥-, the reduced grade of *skel-, *sḱel-, perhaps from *kel-, *ḱel-(to dry up) (whence also Latvian kalst “to dry up”) with an s-mobile, or perhaps by metathesis from *ks-el-, from *ḱes- (< *ḱs-eH-), *ḱsā-(burned, dried up) (whence Ancient Greek ξερός(xerós), ξηρός(xērós) “dry” and Sanskrit क्षायति(kṣā́yati) “to burn”). The meaning change was probably “dry, sandy place” > “forest on a dry, sandy place” > “pinewood, pine forest.” Cognates include Lithuanian šìlas, Ancient Greek σκέλλω(skéllō, to dry up).[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

sils m (1st declension)

  1. pine forest, pinewood (forest or grove composed of conifers growing in nutrient-poor sandy soil)
    ķērpju sils‎ ― lichen forest (i.e., where lichen grows)
    piejūras sils‎ ― coastal, seaside pine forest
    paugurains sils‎ ― hilly forest

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ReferencesEdit

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

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NounEdit

sils

  1. nominative plural of sil