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See also: valodze, valodzē, and vālodzē



 vālodze on Latvian Wikipedia

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(dialectal forms) valodze, vālūdze


The origin of this word is unclear. Some link it to Polish wołać (to call, to cry, to shout), and sometimes even further to Latvian valoda (language). Others, given the existence of Germanic, Slavic, and Baltic reflexes, reconstruct it to Proto-Indo-European. The most likely connection is perhaps with the adjective valgs (humid), since this bird is traditionally considered to announce the coming of rain; in this case, one might propose that vālodze comes from *vālange, a metathesized version of *vālgande; cf. the placename Valgunde. Cognates include Lithuanian volungė̃, vólungė, Proto-Slavic *vьlga (Russian и́волга (ívolga), Belarusian і́валга (ívalha), Ukrainian і́волга (ívolha), иво́лга (yvólha), Bulgarian авли́га (avlíga), Czech vlha, Polish wilga, wywilga), Middle High German witewal, English whitwall (bird sp.), Avestan vārəgan (vārəgan), 𐬬𐬁𐬭𐬆𐬥𐬔𐬀𐬥 (vārəngan, bird sp.).[1]


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vālodze f (5th declension)

  1. oriole (various colorful birds of the family Oriolidae, especially Oriolus oriolus)
    vālodzes dzīvo jauktos vai lapu koku mežosorioles live in mixed or deciduous forests
    vālodze ilgi vēl raudās sausās un tveicīgās dienās, līdz beidzot nāks atveldzinātājs lietusthe oriole will cry for a long time in the hot, dry days, until finally the refreshing rain comes



  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “vālodze”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN