syy

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finnic *süü, from Proto-Uralic *süji or *süxi. Cognates include Estonian süü, Komi-Zyrian си (si). The abstract meaning is specific to Baltic-Finnic.

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Noun[edit]

syy

  1. fibre
  2. filament
  3. grain (linear texture of a material or surface); used in plural (syyt)
    Koivun syyt ovat yleensä suorat.
    The grain of birch is usually straight.
  4. reason
    Syy tähän on...
    The reason for this is...
    On syytä tietää, että...
    It is worth knowing that... (literally: There is a reason to know that...)
  5. fault
    Se on sinun syytäsi.
    It is your fault.

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