miets

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Latvian[edit]

Sētas miets

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic *meyt-, *miet-, from Proto-Indo-European *mēyt-, *meyt-, from *mēy-, *mey- (stake, pole) with an extra -t, perhaps from the stem *mē- (to delimit; to measure, to survey), since stakes in line were one of the first means of marking or delimiting (cf. Latin mēta (post; target), mētor (to delimit, to measure)). Cognates include Lithuanian miẽtas, Old Irish methas (border sign) (< *mitostu-), Sanskrit मेथिः (methíḥ, pole, pillar), Old Armenian մոյթ (moytʿ, support, prop, pillar), Latin mēta (cone, pointy post; border sign; target) (< *mē(i)tā).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

miets m (1st declension)

  1. (pointy) stick, stake, picket, post, pole
    sētas miets — fence picket
    mietu žogs — palisade (lit. picket fence)
    paegļa miets — juniper pole
    ozola miets — oak pole
    piesiet augļu kociņu pie mieta — to tie a small fruit tree to a pole (to support it while it grows)

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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