taurs

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Latvian[edit]

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Taurs

Etymology[edit]

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).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

taurs m (1st declension)

  1. 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

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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