ķeksis

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Latvian[edit]

Laivas ķeksis
Ķeksis

Etymology[edit]

Cognates include Lithuanian kẽkšis, kẽkšė ‎(hook; stilt; pole). There are similar words in neighboring non-Baltic languages: Livonian boathook, Estonian dialectal keks, käks, köks ‎(hook; harpoon), Finnish keksi ‎(hook), Norwegian kjeks, Swedish käx ‎(small boathook), which led many researchers to conclude that the Latvian term was borrowed. But it is also possible that the other languages borrowed from Baltic; in which case ķeksis might continue Proto-Indo-European *kek- ‎(to curve, bend) with an additional -s (compare Sanskrit कक्षा ‎(kákṣā, armpit, nook, corner)); compare Latvian dialectal terms ḳekains ‎(hooked), ḳeks, ḳeḳa ‎(crutches), ḳeḳis ‎(person with crooked teeth).[1]

Noun[edit]

ķeksis m (2nd declension)

  1. pole with a hook; cant hook; boathook

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References[edit]

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