Tau

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See also: tau, TAU, tàu, Tàu, tãu, tău, Tău, taʻu, ta'u, and täü

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of Tao.

Proper noun[edit]

Tau (plural Taus)

  1. A surname from Chinese.

Statistics[edit]

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Tau is the 41359th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 526 individuals. Tau is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (58.94%) and White (27.95%) individuals.

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /taʊ̯/, [tʰaʊ̯]
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  • Hyphenation: Tau
  • Rhymes: -aʊ̯

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German tou, from Old High German tou, from Proto-Germanic *dawwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (smoke, haze). Compare Low German Dau, Dutch dauw, English dew, compare also Danish dug.

Noun[edit]

Tau m (strong, genitive Taues or Taus, no plural)

  1. dew
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German [Term?], from Old Saxon tou, from Proto-Germanic *tawwą.

Noun[edit]

Tau n (strong, genitive Taues or Taus, plural Taue)

  1. strong rope
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Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ταῦ (taû); see English tau.

Noun[edit]

Tau n (strong, genitive Taus, plural Taus)

  1. tau (greek letter)
    • 1866, Willibald Raila, Der Vokal-Akzent, ein bisher unformulirtes Gesez der Sprachen, insbesonders der deütschen Sprache, p. 35:
      Aus zwei Sigma zwei Tau, z. B. πραττειν – πρασσειν zu sprechen, ahmt der Deütsche auch dem Griechen nach, z. B. Splitter und Splisser.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
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Further reading[edit]

  • Tau” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Tau” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Tau” in Duden online
  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Tau on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Proper noun[edit]

Tau

  1. Tau (a village outside Stavanger, located in the municipality of Strand, Rogaland)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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View of the village

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain, but etymologists have pointed to a couple of explanations. One proposes a derivation of Old Norse taufr (sorcery, charms), in reference to the practice of primitive magic in the area, reckoning Taufr to be a name of the creek running through.[1][2] Another proposes a relationship with Old Norse taug (string, rope) and teygja (to stretch out), in reference to the nature of waterflow of said creek.[1]

It was attested through the late medieval and early modern periods as a Taufer (1389), Taugir (1427), and af Thawgh (1463), Thow (1563), Touu (1567), Thouff (1602), Though (1606), Thoug (1610), Thov (1661), and Toug (1723).[2] Another spelling, Tou, is still preserved in the name of a local brewery.

Proper noun[edit]

Tau

  1. Tau (a village outside Stavanger, located in the municipality of Strand, Rogaland)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Inge Særheim (2007), “Tau”, in Stadnamn i Rogaland [Place Names in Rogaland] (in Norwegian Nynorsk), Fagbokforlaget, page 231
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oluf Rygh (1915), “Tau”, in Norske Gaardnavne [Norwegian Farm Names] (in Danish), volume 10, page 235

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Saterland Frisian[edit]

n Tau.

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian tau, from Proto-West Germanic [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *tawwą. Cognates include West Frisian tou and German Tau.

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Noun[edit]

Tau n (plural Taue)

  1. rope

References[edit]

  • Marron C. Fort (2015), “Tau”, in Saterfriesisches Wörterbuch mit einer phonologischen und grammatischen Übersicht, Buske, →ISBN