ķirbis

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Latvian[edit]

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Ķirbis
Ķirbji

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from German Kürbis, itself a borrowing from Latin cucurbita (from an earlier *curbitia, via reduplication). This word is first mentioned in early 18th-century texts, but only in the 19th century did it become really popular and enter the standard literary language. Various expressions had previously been used to refer to this plant, usually comparing it to a cucumber or apple (“big cucumber”, “big apple”, “porridge apple,” “porridge cucumber,” etc.).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

ķirbis m (2nd declension)

  1. pumpkin, squash, gourd (plants; fam. Cucurbitaceae)
    paraistais ķirbiscommon pumpkin
    baltais ķirbiswhite gourd
    ziemas ķirbjiwinter squash
    ķirbju sēklaspumpkin seeds
    lielaugļu ķirbisbig-fruited pumpkin, gourd
    krūmu ķirbisdwarf (lit. bush) gourd, calabash
  2. pumpkin, squash, gourd (fruit of the corresponding plants)
    ķirbju zupapumpkin soup
    ķirbju salāti — pumpkin salad

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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