bebrs

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Latvian[edit]

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Bebrs

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰébʰrus, reduplicated form of *bʰrew- (shiny, light brown) (whence also bērs). The original meaning of bebrs was thus “brown one.” Cognates include Lithuanian bẽbras, bebrùs, Old Prussian bebrus, Proto-Slavic *bebrъ, *bobrъ, *bьbrъ (Old East Slavic бебръ (bebrŭ), бобръ (bobrŭ), Russian бобр (bobr), Belarusian бабёр (babjór), бабра́к (babrák), Ukrainian бобе́р (bobér), бібр (bibr), Bulgarian бъ̀бър (bǎ̀bǎr), бо́бър (bóbǎr), бе́бер (béber), Czech bobr, Polish bóbr), Old High German bibar, German Biber, English beaver, Avestan 𐬠𐬀𐬎𐬎𐬭𐬀 (bauura), Latin fiber.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bebrs m (1st declension)

  1. beaver (rodent of genus Castor, especially Castor fiber)
    bebru māte ar trim mazuļiema female (lit. mother) beaver with three small ones
    bebra āda, bebrādabeaver skin, fur
    novilkt bebram āduto remove a beaver's skin, to skin a beaver

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “bebrs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7