žvirblis

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Etymology[edit]

Related to Latvian zvirbulis ‎(sparrow), Polish wróbel, Slovene vrábelj < Proto-Slavic *vorbъlь, *vorbьjь ‎(sparrow). Akin to Proto-Indo-European *(s)werbʰ- +‎ -ulis. The o-grade in the Slavic forms is reflected in žvarbus ‎(sharp, piercing). The initial ž- can be identified with an original s-mobile, with later assimilation to the following -v-, compare Serbo-Croatian srābȁc, Bulgarian dialectal шво́роб ‎(švórob); compare also Proto-Slavic *svȏrbъ ‎(itch), Russian сво́роб ‎(svórob), Slovene srȃb ‎(scabies). Alternatively, the ž- may have appeared by analogy with žvyrė ‎(ptarmigan), Latvian dialectal žvīgurs ‎(sparrow).

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  • IPA(key): /ʒvʲɪ͡rbʲ.lʲɪs/

Noun[edit]

žvìrblis m ‎(plural žvìrbliai) stress pattern 1

  1. sparrow (bird from the genus Passer, commonly Passer domesticus)

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