zilonis

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Zilonis

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Russian слон (slon) (itself a borrowing from Turkic), made into a 2nd-declension masculine noun (ending -is); the initial z apparently results from the influence of zils (blue). This word is first mentioned (as a 1st-declension masculine noun, zilons) in 19th-century dictionaries. It replaced previous borrowings like elevants, elefants, still in use well into the 19th century.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zilonis m (2nd declension)

  1. elephant (fam. Elephantidae)
    ziloņu mātīte — female elephant
    iet kā zilonis — to walk as an elephant (= heavily, clumsily)
    ziloņu barselephant herd

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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