Balg

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German balc, from Old High German balg, from Proto-Germanic *balgiz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵʰ- (to swell), cognate with Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐌲𐍃 (balgs, wineskin), Dutch balg, English belly, bellows. Confer Russian болозно (bolozno, thick plank), Slovene blazina (cushion), Avestan 𐬠𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬰𐬌𐬱 (barəziš, cushion, cover), Persian بالش (bâleš, pillow), Armenian բարձ (barj), Old Prussian balsinis.

Noun[edit]

Balg m, n (genitive Balgs, plural Bälge)

  1. hide
  2. (technical) bellows
  3. brat (a selfish, spoiled, or unruly child)
  4. (botany) follicle