lāpsta

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Latvian[edit]

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Lāpstas (1)
Lāpsta (4)
Lāpsta (5)

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from Latvian dialectal lāpa (paw) (q.v.) (cf. Lithuanian lópa, Russian лапа (lápa)) with a vowel and a suffix -stā (cf. dialectal variant lāpusta). Ultimately from the same stem as lapa (leaf) (q.v.). The original meaning of lāpsta was probably “paw, foot, sole,” from which “instrument for digging (like a paw, foot, sole)”. (Another possibility: from the original stem *lep- “to bark; to rip off, to tear” a noun could be formed with the meaning “(cut off) plate”; cf. Albanian latë “small ax, hoe, spud” < *laptā). Cognates include Lithuanian lópeta, Old Prussian lopto, Proto-Slavic *lopata (Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian лопата (lopáta), Czech lopata, Polish łopata, Russian dialectal лапость (lápost’) “track, footprints”), Hittite lappa (on shovels).[1]

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lāpsta f (4th declension)

  1. shovel, spade (a tool for digging with a metal blade and a long handle)
    koka, dzelzs lāpsta — wooden, iron shovel
    asa lāpsta — sharp shovel
    sniega, ogļu lāpsta — snow, coal shovel
    dārza lāpsta — garden spade
    iedurt lāpstu zemē — to stick, push the shovel in(to) the ground
    Žuburs uzmina ar kāju lāpstas malai, nolieca lāpstas kātu kā sviru uz leju un atlauza kūdras gabalu — Žuburs pushed the shovel edge with (his) foot, pulled the shovel handle down like a lever and broke off a piece of turf
  2. spadeful, shovelful (the amount that can be moved with a spade, a shovel)
    ieslodītie izsvieda no kapa pēdējās sārto smilšu lāpstas — the prisoners dug from the grave the last shovel(ful)s of reddish sand
    Vecais Černs kanāla dibenā neatlaidīgi rakās uz priekšu un lāpstu pēc lāpstas meta ārā zemi — the old Černs dug forward (= a tunnel) at the bottom of the canal and threw out shovel(ful) after shovel(ful) of earth
  3. blade (a part of certain machines that resembles the blade of a shovel)
    traktors ar lāpstu varēs netraucēti braukt pa mēslu eju visā kūts garumā — a tractor with a blade will be able to run smoothly on a path of mature in the legnth of a whole barn
  4. blade (the flat end of an oar or paddle)
  5. a flat, wide, shovel-like horn structure (e.g., on an elk)
    šodien sastopam daudz buļļu, kuru ragi lāpstas nemaz neveido; šie aļņi ir tā sauktie apaļradži — we find nowadays many (elk) bulls whose antlers do not form shovels at all; these elk are the so-called round-horns

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References[edit]

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