ģerbonis

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Latvian[edit]

Latvijas ģerbonisThe coat of arms of Latvia

Etymology[edit]

Neologism by Juris Alunāns, initially as ģerbons, first in print in 1862. Based on Russian герб (gerb) from Polish herb from Czech erb, herb from German Erbe. The appearance of h is by contamination with Latin hērēs (heir).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ģerbonis m (2nd declension)

  1. coat of arms
  2. armorial bearings

Usage notes[edit]

Very commonly misspelled as ģērbonis, those who spell it correctly might still pronounce it with a long ē.

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “ģerbonis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN