eau

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See also: EAU, ÉAU, and -eau

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French eau, eaue, from Old French ewe, euwe, egua (water), from Latin aqua (water), from Proto-Italic *akʷā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Cognate with Old English ēa (flowing water, stream, river). More at ea

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Noun[edit]

eau f (plural eaux)

  1. Water, a liquid that is transparent, colorless, odorless, and tasteless in its pure form, the primary constituent of lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans.
    Il buvait un verre d’eau fraîche.
    He drank a cool glass of water.
    L’eau de mer et l’eau de rivière n’ont pas la même teneur en sel et n’abritent donc pas les mêmes poissons.
    Sea water and river water do not have the same salt content and thus do not harbor the same fish.
  2. In particular, rain.
    Si le vent dure, nous aurons de l’eau.
    If the wind persists, we will have rain.
  3. (chemistry) The chemical compound with empirical formula H2O existing in the form of ice, liquid water or steam.
    L’eau se durcit par le froid et se vaporise par la chaleur.
    Water hardens with cold and vaporises with heat.
  4. Natural liquid quantities or expanses.
    Le soir, ils se baignaient dans les eaux du lac Titicaca.
    In the evening, they bathed in the waters of Lake Titicaca.
  5. Fluids such as sweat, formed and found in the body of man or animal.
    Les vésicatoires font des ampoules pleines d’eau.
    L’eau m'en vint à la bouche.
    That made my mouth water.
    Il s’est échauffé à courir, il est tout en eau.
    He warmed up to run. He's all sweaty.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin aqua

Noun[edit]

eau f (plural eaus or eaux)

  1. water

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) jau
  • (Sursilvan) jeu
  • (Sutsilvan) jou
  • (Surmiran) ia
  • (Vallader) eu

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ego, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.

Pronoun[edit]

eau

  1. (Puter) I