kaķis

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Latvian[edit]

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Kaķis

Etymology[edit]

Old word, which spread together with the animal millennia ago, apparently ultimately of African origin, later borrowed into Proto-Indo-European. The Latvian term was apparently influenced by the Germanic forms: kaķis < *katis, from feminine *kate (cf. dialectal katene (kitten)), at first in Couronian dialects, later in other dialects and in the standard language. Cognates include Lithuanian katė̃, Old Prussian catto ([kato]), Russian кот (kot), Middle High German, Middle Dutch katte, German Katze, English cat, Latin cattus, catta.[1]

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Noun[edit]

kaķis m (2nd declension)

  1. domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus)
    melns kaķis — black cat
    kaķis murrā — the cat purrs
    kaķis noķēris peli — the cat caught a mouse
    veikls kā kaķis — neat as a cat
    acis kā kaķim — eyes like a cat's (= good vision)

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References[edit]

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