pīle

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See also: pile, píle, and pīlē

Latvian[edit]

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Pīle

Etymology[edit]

Of onomatopoeic (imitative) origin, as is the case with several other Indo-European bird names, all from Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic *pī- (reduplicated form *pīp-): Lithuanian pỹlė (duck), Bulgarian пиле (píle, chick, young bird), Serbo-Croatian pı̏le, Slovene pípa (chicken), Ancient Greek πίπος (pípos, young bird). The Latvian term, originally probably a dialectal colloquialism, has apparently replaced an earlier Proto-Baltic *antis; compare Lithuanian ántis (duck).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pīle f (5th declension)

  1. duck (birds of family Anatidae)
    mājas pīle — domestic (lit. house) duck
    meža pīle — wild (lit. forest) duck
    pīļu mātīte — female duck
    pīļu olasduck eggs
    pīļu ligzdošanas vietasduck nesting areas
    pīļu audzētavaduck farm
    pīles cepetis — roast duck
  2. (colloquial) false sensationalist rumors
    avīžu pīle — newspaper sensationalist rumors
    palaist pīli — to run a sensationalist rumor

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References[edit]

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