tuksnesis

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Tuksnesis

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as tukšs (empty) (q.v.). The ending is probably the result of the reinterpretation of a previoius *tuksnes, plural of *tuksne (with the suffix -ne), as singular, leading to *tuksnesstuksnesis; note the variations in form in older sources (tuksnis, tuksnese). The current form, tuksnesis, is attested from the 18th century on.[1]

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Noun[edit]

tuksnesis m (2nd declension)

  1. desert (large barren area, with little or no vegetation, usually because of lack of water)
    smilšu tuksnesis — sandy desert
    akmeņu, māla tuksnesis — stone, clay desert
    Sahāras tuksnesis' — Sahara desert
    tuksnešu faunadesert fauna
    tuksnešu zonasdesert area
    Tuvie Austrumi: tā ir saules svelmē sakarsētu tuksnešu un reizē auglīgu dārzu zeme — the Middle East: that is a land of sun-heated deserts and at the same time fertile gardens

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References[edit]

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