tāss

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See also: tass and TASS

Latvian[edit]

Bērzu tāss

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From verb tāst, an archaic and dialectal variant of test, tēst (to cut, to hew, to trim); the form follows the pattern of lest, lēst, lāse (compare dialectal forms tāsis, tāse; compare also other dialectal variants above). A comparable synonym term exists in Balto-Finnic languages (e.g., Finnish tuohi) which suggests borrowing between Baltic and Balto-Finnic, but the direction of the borrowing is not clear. Cognates include Lithuanian tóšis.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tāss f (6th declension)

  1. birchbark (white bark of the birch tree, formerly used as writing material)
    bērzu tāss — birch bark
    tāšu iekuri — birch (bark) kindling
    tāšu darva — birch (bark) tar
    tāšu taure — birch (bark) horn

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References[edit]

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