Nelke

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See also: nelke and neļķe

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German nēgelke(n) (little spike, nail), from Old Saxon nagal (nail). Cognate of German Nägelchen (little nail).

Low German-looking forms are already found in Middle High German negelkīn alongside negelīn; the contraction is first attested in Central German Nelekin. The feminine form in -e is a backformation from the plural. The name is due to the typical form of cloves; compare Latin clāvulus (clove), from clāvus (nail), of which the German form may be a loan translation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈnɛlkə]
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Noun[edit]

Nelke f (genitive Nelke, plural Nelken)

  1. clove (plant and spice)
  2. carnation, pink

Declension[edit]

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Descendants[edit]

  • Cimbrian: nelke
  • Latvian: neļķe

Further reading[edit]

  • Nelke” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Nelke” in Duden online