āpsis

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Latvian[edit]

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Āpsis

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic; compare Lithuanian opšrùs, Old Prussian wobsdus. The source may be Proto-Indo-European *op- (to do, carry out), from which Latvian regionalism āpēties (work hard) (compare Sanskrit अपः (apaḥ, work, organizing), Latin opus (work, task)). This name would be justified by the badger's well-made burrows. A parallel case is German Dachs (badger) from Proto-Indo-European *tek- (weave, build).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

āpsis m (2nd declension)

  1. badger (name of several species of Mustelids, especiallyl Meles meles)
    āpša ādabadger skin
    āpšu alasbadger burrow
    dzīvot kā āpsim alā — to live like a badger in his burrow (= without paying attention to the lives of others)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “āpsis” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.