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Etymology[edit]

Compare (with different vocalism) Ukrainian му́кати (múkaty, to moo), Bulgarian муча́ (mučá, to moo), also му́кам (múkam), Serbo-Croatian му́кати (to moo) (1sg. му̑че̄м), Slovene múkati (to moo), Czech mukati (to moo), Upper Sorbian mučeć (to moo), and more distantly Lithuanian mū̃kia (it moos), Ancient Greek μῡκάομαι (mūkáomai, to moo, to roar), Middle High German mūhen (to moo), also mugen, Middle Low German mucken (to be quietly indignant), Ancient Greek μυγμός (mugmós, sigh), μύζω (múzō, to groan, to moo), Latin mūgiō (to moo) (infinitive mūgīre), Sanskrit मुञ्जति (múñjati, to make a sound), also मोजति (mṓjati), Hittite [script needed] (mūgāi-, to lament, to resist), etc. Ultimately onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

мыча́ть (myčátʹimpf (perfective промыча́ть)

  1. to moo
    чья́ бы коро́ва мыча́ла, а твоя́ б молча́ла
    čʹjá by koróva myčála, a tvojá b molčála
    pot calling the kettle black
    (literally, “other's cow could moo, but yours should better be silent”)
  2. to bellow
  3. (colloquial) to mumble

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