Spaten

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The word was originally restricted to Low and Central German: from Middle High German spade, spate and Middle Low German spade, both from Old Saxon spado (possibly also Old High German *spato), from Proto-Germanic *spadô, from Proto-Indo-European *sph₂-dʰ-. Due to its northern origin the form has undergone open-syllable lengthening before -t- (which was generally blocked in Upper German). Cognate to English spade; see there for further cognates.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃpaːtən/, [ˈʃpaːtən], [ˈʃpaːtn̩]
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  • Homophone: Sparten (nonstandard)

Noun[edit]

Spaten m (genitive Spatens, plural Spaten)

  1. spade

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