nīlzirgs

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Nīlzigs

Etymology[edit]

From Nīla (Nile river) +‎ zirgs (horse), probably a calque of German Nilpferd, itself ultimately a calque (with Nile instead of river) from Ancient Greek ἱπποπόταμος (hippopótamos) (from ἵππος (híppos, horse) + ποταμός (potamós, river)).

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Noun[edit]

nīlzirgs m (1st declension)

  1. hippopotamus (genus Hippopotamus)
    nīlzirgu barshippopotamus herd
    nīlzirgu dzimtene ir Āfrikas vidiene — the hippopotamus homeland is the interior of Africa

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