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EnglishEdit

NounEdit

tappen (uncountable)

  1. A plug that forms in the anus of a bear or other mammal during hibernation.
    • 1831, Lews Lloyd, Field sports of the north Europe[1], volume 1, page 98:
      The inference drawn by the northern chasseurs from this is, that the tappen, in conjunction with repose, is the cause of the bear retaining his condition, though without taking any kind of nourishment, for nearly one-half of the year.
    • 1951, The New York State Conservationist, volume 6-7, page 60:
      No food can pass through the system and a mechanical obstruction called a tappen or plug blocks the passage.
    • 1958, Will Barker, Winter-Sleeping Wildlife, page 41:
      Many hunters believe that the size of the tappen determines how soundly and how long a bear sleeps

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DanishEdit

NounEdit

tappen

  1. definite singular of tap

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɑpə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑpən

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch tappen. Equivalent to tap +‎ -en.

VerbEdit

tappen

  1. (transitive) to tap (draw off liquid from a vessel)
InflectionEdit
Inflection of tappen (weak)
infinitive tappen
past singular tapte
past participle getapt
infinitive tappen
gerund tappen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular tap tapte
2nd person sing. (jij) tapt tapte
2nd person sing. (u) tapt tapte
2nd person sing. (gij) tapt tapte
3rd person singular tapt tapte
plural tappen tapten
subjunctive sing.1 tappe tapte
subjunctive plur.1 tappen tapten
imperative sing. tap
imperative plur.1 tapt
participles tappend getapt
1) Archaic.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

NounEdit

tappen

  1. Plural form of tap

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtapən/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: tap‧pen

VerbEdit

tappen (third-person singular simple present tappt, past tense tappte, past participle getappt, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive) to pad (walk softly, quietly or steadily)
  2. (intransitive) to grope, frisk (search by feeling)

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English tæppian, from Proto-Germanic *tappōną; equivalent to tappe (plug) +‎ -en (infinitival suffix).

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VerbEdit

tappen (rare)

  1. To let fluids flow from a spout.
  2. To retail beer.
ConjugationEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: tap
  • Scots: tap
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French tapper, taper, from a Germanic language.

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PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

tappen (rare)

  1. To tap; to touch gently with hand or foot.
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SwedishEdit

NounEdit

tappen

  1. definite singular of tapp