Brosame

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʀoːzaˑmə/
  • Hyphenation: Bro‧sa‧me

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German brosem, broseme or brosme, from Old High German brōsama or brōsma. There is a connection to Old English brosnian (to fall apart, to foul). Therefore, originally, Brosame meant broken off piece.[1] Not related to Samen (seed).

Noun[edit]

Brosame f (genitive Brosame, plural Brosamen)

  1. (dated or regional, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland) crumb
    Für ihn blieben nur die Brosamen übrig.
    Only the crumbs were left for him.
    • 1994, Ursula Assaf-Nowak, Der Vorbote, Gleichnisse und Gedichte, translation of Khalil Gibran, The Forerunner, 1920, ISBN 3-530-26728-7
      Seine Liebe ist die eines Anspruchslosen, der sich mit Brosamen zufriedengibt, selbst wenn er an einer königlichen Tafel sitzt.
      It is the love of a needy one, who picks crumbs even as he sits at kingly feasts.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In contemporary German the derivative Brösel (an old diminutive) is more common (but also regionally restricted).

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References[edit]

  • brosame” in: Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, 16 vols., Leipzig 1854–1961.
  • Brosame” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Brosame” in canoo.net
  • Brosame” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Notes:
  1. ^ Christoph Gutknecht, Pustekuchen! Lauter kulinarische Wortgeschichten, Verlag C.H.Beck oHG, München 2002, ISBN 978-3406476211, “Brosamen”, p. 50

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