spilve

See also: spilvē

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Spilve

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EtymologyEdit

From the same stem as spalva(feather): Proto-Baltic *spelw-, *spl̥w- (> *spilw-), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)p(h)el-, *to split, cast off with an u extension. The variants spilva, spilve derive from *spilw- with different vowel endings.[1]

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NounEdit

spilve f (5th declension)

  1. cottongrass (various species of plants from the sedge family in genus Eriophorum)
    šaurlapu spilve‎ ― blue (lit. narrow-leaved) cottongrass
    platlapu spilve‎ ― broad-leaved cottongrass
  2. little hair-like growths (on plants like cottongrass)
    gaisā peldošā spilve‎ ― cottongrass floating in the air

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ReferencesEdit

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