skudra

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Latvian[edit]

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Skudra

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

This word has the same origin as the verb skaust (to envy, to (be)grudge) (q.v.) and the adjective skaudrs (sharp, acute, biting): the Proto-Indo-European stem *skaud-, *skud- (with an extra -r, yielding Proto-Baltic *skudr-). The original meaning was therefore “that which cuts, pierces, bites.” Cognates include Lithuanian skudrùs (quick, crafty; sharp, cutting).[1]

Noun[edit]

skudra m

  1. (dialectal form) genitive singular form of skudrs

skudra f (4th declension)

  1. ant (many species of insects from the family Formicidae, usually forming big colonies)
    melnā skudra — black ant
    lielā dzeltenā skudra — big yellow ant
    sarkanās, rūsganās skudras — red, rusty ants
    meža skudras — forest ants
    skudru pūznisanthill
    skudru oliņasant eggs
    skudru spirtsant alcohol (a solution of formic acid in ethanol)
    čakls kā skudra — industrious as an ant

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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