netopýr

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Panslavic, from Proto-Slavic *netopyrjь, which is a compounded term, with the first element *neto- possibly reflecting Proto-Indo-European *nekʷto-, oblique e-grade of *nókʷts (night). The second element is usually taken to be *pyrjь (flier) (compare pero (feather)).[1] Another theory states it is the result of folk etymology or taboo deformation, based on *lepetyrь from *lepetati (to fly irregularly).[2]

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Noun[edit]

netopýr m

  1. bat, microbat (Any of the small, nocturnal, flying mammals of the order Microchiroptera, which navigate by means of echolocation.)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ netopýr in Jiří Rejzek, Český etymologický slovník, Leda, 2007
  2. ^ netopýr in Václav Machek, Etymologický slovník jazyka českého, second edition, Academia, 1968