spilvens

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Latvian[edit]

Spilveni

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Etymology[edit]

From spilve (cottongrass) +‎ -ens (ultimately from the same stem as spalva), apparently because pillows were made with it.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

spilvens m (1st declension)

  1. pillow, cushion (soft mass of material stuffed into a cloth bag, used for comfort)
    spalvu, dūnu spilvens — feather pillow
    vates spilvens — cotton pillow
    dīvāna spilvens — couch cushion
    spilvena pārvalkspillow case
    nolikt galvu uz spilvena — to lay one's head on a pillow
  2. something used as a pillow
    es esmu aizmidzis saldi pļavas sūnu mīkstajā spilvenā — I fell asleep on the pillow of sweet, soft meadow moss
  3. something similar to a pillow or cushion, used for various purposes, e.g. friction or impact reduction, etc.
    smilšu spilvens — sand bag
    sēdekļa spilvens — seat cushion
    gaisa spilvens — air bag
    skābekļa spilvens — oxygen bag
  4. (anatomy) a soft, usually relatively thick, formation in an organism
    talku spilvenscushion of fat

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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