See also: žirnis



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Zirņi (2)
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From Proto-Baltic *žir-nya-, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *źirˀna-, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm, *grain, from the stem *ǵerh₂-, *ǵr̥h₂-, *ǵrē- ‎(to mature, to ripen, to grow old) with an extra element -no-, probably an adjectivizer. In Eastern Baltic, this word narrowed its meaning from “grain” to only one kind of grain, “pea.” Cognates include Lithuanian žìrnis, Old Prussian syrnea ‎([zyrne], grain), Old Church Slavonic зрьно ‎(zrĭno, grain), Russian зерно ‎(zernó), Belarusian зерне ‎(zérne), Ukrainian зерно ‎(zérno, zernó), Bulgarian зърно ‎(zǎ́rno), Czech zrno, Polish ziarno, Persian خرمن ‎(xarman), Proto-Germanic *kurną (Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 ‎(kaúrn(ō)), German Korn, English corn, Latin grānum (Italian grano).[1]


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zirnis m (2nd declension)

  1. pea (several plants of the family Fabaceae, especially Pisium sativum)
    dārza zirnis — garden pea
    lauka zirnis — field pea
    sējas zirnis — sowing pea (Pisum sativum)
  2. pea (the grain of these plants, especially Pisum sativum)
    zirņu pākstspea pod
    lobīt zirņus — to shuck, shell peas (pea pods)
    kaltēt zirņus — to dry peas
    pelēkie zirņi ar speķi — gray peas with bacon
    zirņu zupapea soup



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