Erde

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German erda, from Proto-Germanic *erþō. Compare Dutch aarde, West Frisian ierde, English earth, Danish jord, Gothic 𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌸𐌰 (airþa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Erde f (genitive Erde, plural Erden)

  1. the planet Earth
  2. soil
    Sie nahm eine Handvoll Erde. ― She took a handful of soil.
  3. the ground
    Er fiel auf die Erde. ― He fell on the ground.

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

The old dative form Erden is only used in the phrase auf Erden ("on earth"), which has a religious or solemn ring to it. In most contexts it is preferable to say auf der Erde.

Derived terms[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Erde in Duden online