pūķis

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Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Old Norse púki ("demon, evil spirit"), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô; compare Swedish puke (house spirit).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pūķis m (2nd declension)

  1. (mythology, religion) in old Latvian mythology, a household spirit that could be bought, bred, or stolen, and protected the wealth of his owner
    naudas pūķis — money pūķis
    mantas pūķis — property pūķis
  2. dragon, winged serpent (reptilian monster that spits fire and devours people and animals)
    pūķis ar deviņām galvām — a dragon with nine heads
    pūķa gads — the year of the dragon (Chinese calendar)
  3. kite (toy made usually of colored paper that flies in the air, and is controlled from below with a line)
    papīra pūķis — paper kite
    daudzplākšņu pūķi — multiplane kites

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns. 1992, 2001. Latviešu etimoloģijas vārdnīca. Rīga: AVOTS. ISBN 9984700127.