cirslis

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Latvian[edit]

Cirslis

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from cirst (to cut, to hew, to chop), from Proto-Baltic *kir-, from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kr̥- (to cut). The semantic evolution was probably “to cut” > “to chop”, also “to gnaw,” “to bite,” “to pierce,” whence cirslis “gnawer.” Cognates include Lithuanian kar̃stas, kertùkas, kirstukas, Ukrainian чертец (čertéts).[1]

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Noun[edit]

cirslis m (2nd declension)

  1. shrew (mammal sp.)
    ūdens cirslis — water shrew
    mazais cirslis — small shrew
    ciršļa alashrew burrow

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References[edit]

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