From Proto-Indo-European *tew-, *tu- (“to swell”), with a suffix *-ro. The meaning evolution was probably: “swollen” → “fat; having a well-developed body” → “strong (animal)” → “aurochs.” Some researches believe this word to be a borrowing from Semitic into Indo-European, but many others disagree with that opinion. Cognates include Lithuanian taũras, Old Prussian tauris, Old Church Slavonic тоуръ (turŭ), Russian тур (tur, “aurochs”), Ancient Greek ταῦρος (taûros), Latin taurus (“bull”).
taurs m (1st declension)
- aurochs (Bos primigenitus, the extinct ancestor of domestic cattle)
- vietvārdi pierāda, ka mūsu mežos kādreiz mituši tauri — placenames show that there once lived aurochs in our forests
- ^ “taurs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7