balenare

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Perhaps from balena (whale), due to a popular habit of indicating atmospherical phenomena using the names of sea monsters[1] +‎ -are (1st conjugation verbal suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ba.leˈna.re/
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: ba‧le‧nà‧re

Verb[edit]

balenàre (first-person singular present baléno, first-person singular past historic balenài, past participle balenàto, auxiliary essere or (alternatively when impersonal) avere) (intransitive)

  1. (impersonal) to flash with lightning [auxiliary avere or essere]
  2. (rare, personal) to flash with lightning (of the sky) [auxiliary essere]
  3. to flash like lightning [auxiliary essere]
  4. (figuratively) to appear suddenly (of thoughts and ideas) [auxiliary essere]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ balenare in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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