gavia

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *gʰabʰl- (fork, branch of tree) due to the similarity of a hawks claws to a pitchfork; compare Old High German gabila, gabala (sparrow hawk).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gāvia f (genitive gāviae); first declension

  1. a kind of bird

Usage notes[edit]

The identity of the gāvia in Classical Latin is uncertain, possibly the seagull. Modern taxonomic Latin applies the term gāvia to the loon (diver), but Classical Latin called this bird mergus.

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative gāvia gāviae
genitive gāviae gāviārum
dative gāviae gāviīs
accusative gāviam gāviās
ablative gāviā gāviīs
vocative gāvia gāviae

Descendants[edit]