bebrs

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Bebrs

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic *bebras (parallel form *bebrus), from Proto-Indo-European *be-bʰru-s, *be-bʰro-s, reduplicated forms of *bʰer- (shiny, light brown) (whence also bērs, q.v.). The original meaning of bebrs was thus “brown one.” Cognates include Lithuanian bẽbras, bebrùs, Old Prussian bebrus, Proto-Slavic *bebrъ, *bobrъ, *bьbrъ (Old East Slavic бебръ (bebrŭ), бобръ (bobrŭ), Russian бобр (bobr), Belarusian бабёр (babjór), бабрак (babrák), Ukrainian бобер (bobér), бібр (bibr), Bulgarian бъбър (bǎ́bǎr), бобър (bóbǎr), бебер (béber), Czech bobr, Polish bóbr), Old High German bibar, German Biber, English beaver, Avestan [script?] (bawra), Latin fiber.[1]

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Noun[edit]

bebrs m (1st declension)

  1. beaver (rodent of genus Castor, especially Castor fiber)
    bebru māte ar trim mazuļiem — a female (lit. mother) beaver with three small ones
    bebra āda, bebrādabeaver skin, fur
    novilkt bebram ādu — to remove a beaver's skin, to skin a beaver

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “bebrs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7