ērkšķis

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Latvian[edit]

Ērkšķis

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as ērce (tick (insect)) (q.v.), with an extra šķ. Cognates include Lithuanian erškė̃tis (thorn).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ɛ̄ːɾkʃt͡ʃis]
  • IPA(key): [êːrkʃt͡ʃis]
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Noun[edit]

ērkšķis m (2nd declension)

  1. thorn (sharp protective spine on a plant)
    ērkšķi dzeļ pirkstosthe thorns are stinging (my, your, his...) fingers
    nav maizes bez garozas, nav rožu bez ērkšķiemno bread without crust, no rose without thorns
  2. thorn bush (plant which has thorns)
    taisnā ceļā abi jājēji jau bija nokļuvuši līdz kalniem, kur sākās ērkšķu krūmion a straight road both riders had already gotten to the mountains where the thorn bushes began

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References[edit]

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