Vēna

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See also: vena, véna, Véna, veña, vēna, venă, Ven’a, and vēnā

Livonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Finnish Väinäjoki, Estonian Väina jõgi.

In Estonian väin (archaic form is väinas) means (sea) strait; In Livonian vēna also means a wide estuary or a port. An Indo-European loan word via Proto-Balto-Slavic. Proto-Slavic *dveinā < Proto-Indo-European *dhweinā (compare Dviná, Russian name for Daugava). Indo-European *dhew- means "to run, to flow"; *dhew-e-ti "(it) flows, runs"; compare Sanskrit धावति (dhāvati, run, flow, move). There's speculated connection with Icelandic dvína "to diminish" (i.e. in this connection as "diminishing, dwindling river"), but maybe it just comes from the abovementioned Indo-European root.[1]

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Vēna

  1. River Daugava (the largest river in Latvia)

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