Unke

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Rotbauchunke

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German unc, unke ‘snake, basilisk’, from Old High German unk, unko ‘snake’, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂n̥gʷʰ-, variant of *h₂engʷʰ- (compare Latin anguis, Lithuanian angìs). The sense may have been influenced by obsolete Eutze ‘toad’ (modern Bavarian Hötsch).

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Unke f (genitive Unke, plural Unken)

  1. fire-bellied toad (genus Bombina).
    • 2005, Cornelia Funke, Tintenblut, ISBN 3-7915-0467-3
      Unkenaugen blickten ihn an aus einem fast menschlichen Antlitz, das lange Haar trieb im Wasser wie Gras, ebenso grün und fein.
      Toad-eyes looked at him from an almost human face, the long hair floated in the water like grass, just as green and fine.

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  • Unke in Duden online