spilve

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Latvian[edit]

Spilve

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Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as spalva (feather): Proto-Baltic *spelw-, *spl̥w- (> *spilw-), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)p(h)el-, *to split, cast off with an u extension. The variants spilva, spilve derive from *spilw- with different vowel endings.[1]

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Noun[edit]

spilve f (5th declension)

  1. cottongrass (various species of plants from the sedge family, genus Eriophorum)
    šaurlapu spilve — blue (lit. narrow-leaved) cottongrass
    platlapu spilvebroad-leaved cottongrass
  2. little hair-like growths (on plants like cottongrass)
    gaisā peldošā spilvecottongrass floating in the air

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References[edit]

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