Geweih

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German gewīge, *gewīhe (in hirzgewīh). Probably a collective derivation from an Old High German *wīa (branch), related with Proto-Slavic *věja (compare Slovene veja). The consonants -g-, -h- are then mere hiatus breakers. Alternatively a tool noun derived from Proto-Germanic *wīganą (to fight), whence Old English wīgan, related with German weigern (to refuse).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈvaɪ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯

Noun[edit]

Geweih n (genitive Geweihs or Geweihes, plural Geweihe)

  1. antlers, horns (of a deer etc.)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The singular refers to one animal’s antlers as a whole. The plural refers to several animals or to different kinds.
  • If it is necessary to refer to one of the two portions individually, this is called Geweihstange, in non-specialist use also Geweihhälfte.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: gewei
    • Afrikaans: gewei
    • West Frisian: gewei

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