knislis

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Latvian[edit]

Knišļi
Knislis

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from the verb knist (to itch) (q.v.). Some dialectal variants (knausis, knauslis, knusis) have the same basic root (Proto-Indo-European *ken-, *kn-), but with a different suffix and/or ablaut form.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Noun[edit]

knislis m (2nd declension)

  1. blackfly (small insects of the order Diptera (family: Simuliidae) that suck blood and resemble flies)
    knislis sīc — the blackfly is buzzing
    jaukā laikā odi un knišļi cēlās augstu gaisā — in nice weather the mosquitos and blackflies rise high in the air
    pie assinssūcējiem divspārņiem pieder odi, knišļi, miģeles, mušas un dunduri — to the bloodsucking diptera belong: mosquitos, blackflies, midges, flies and horseflies

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References[edit]

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