tēvija

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1870, from tēvs (father) +‎ -ija, by A. Kronvalds, in parallel with its synonym tēvzeme.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tēvija f (4th declension)

  1. fatherland, homeland (country or land seen as the land of one's ancestors)
    kas cilvēks ir bez dzimtene, bez tēvijas un mājām? — what is a person without a homeland, without a fatherland and a home?
    es - ceļinieks bez tēvijas — I (am) a traveller without a home (lit. without a fatherland)
    pienāca pavasaris... tīrumos nozuda sniegs, un pirmie gāju putni atgriezās savā ziemeļu tēvijā — spring has come... the snow has disappeared from the fields, and the first migratory birds have returned to their northern fatherland

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References[edit]

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