gjizë

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Albanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Either (1) from *gjir- (as in Arvanitic ngjiris ‘to make curdle’) + collective -, from Proto-Indo-European *sr̥djo ‘whey’ (compare Latin serum, Greek ορός (orós));[1] or (2) from *gjin + -, from Proto-Albanian *sina, from Proto-Indo-European *s(H)i-n- (compare English sinew, Latvian pasainis ‘string’, Ancient Greek ἱμᾱς (himās) ‘strap, thong’), referring to the tying of the rennet bag in which the cheese is made.[2]

Noun[edit]

gjizë f (indefinite plural gjiza, definite singular gjiza)

  1. cheese curd
  2. pot cheese, dry and unsalted cottage cheese
  3. goat cheese

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bardhyl Demiraj, Albanische Etymologien (Amsterdam - Atlanta: Rodopoi, 1997), 189
  2. ^ Vladimir Orel, Albanian Etymological Dictionary (Leiden: Brill, 1998), 136.