ronis

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Ronis

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic *ruon-, probably from Proto-Indo-European *rew-, *row- (to run, to rush, to hurry) with an extra n. The meaning evolution was probably: “run, hurry (together)” > “to be in a group, herd”, “to be fecund, to be fertile, to rut; to be cheerful, neat” > “neat, cheerful, fertile animal living in groups” > “seal.” Cognates include Lithuanian rúonis.[1]

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Noun[edit]

ronis m (2nd declension)

  1. seal (several species of mammals of the family Phocidae)
    roņu dzimte – the seal family (= Phocidae)
    roņu taukiseal fat
    roņu mednieksseal hunter
    pelēkais ronis – gray seal
    roņi parasti turas barosseals usually stay in groups
    Ieva peldēja slikti, bet es ūdenī jutos kā ronis – Ieva swam badly, but I felt like a seal in water

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References[edit]

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