ble

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See also: BLE and blé

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from a reconstructed *bledino-, a derivation of Proto-Celtic *bledyos (wolf). Among the many common names in the languages of Europe for Verbascum thapsus (the common mullein), whose long leaves were historically used to make wicks, are the equivalents of “wolf's tail” or “fox's tail”. (For example, Welsh cynffon llwynog (fox's tail), dialectal Catalan cua de guilla (fox's tail).)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ble m (plural blens)

  1. wick
    Synonym: metxa
    llum de ble(please add an English translation of this usage example)
    • 1900, Marià Vayreda i Vila, “Rufagades”, in Sanch Nova:
      —Perque no'ns hi ajuda com ara'l sol. Que's creu que'l bevem nosaltres el ví? Nosaltres no soms més que'l blè de la llumanera. Si falta l'oli'l blè's consumeix y'l llum s'apaga.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)

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Further reading[edit]

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse blæja (sheet, blanket). Compare Norwegian Bokmål bleie, Icelandic bleia, Swedish blöja.

Noun[edit]

ble c (singular definite bleen, plural indefinite bleer)

  1. diaper, nappy; An absorbent garment worn by a baby, or by someone who is incontinent.

Inflection[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Icelandic: bleia, bleyja

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French bleu (blue).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ble

  1. blue

Lakota[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Dakota bdé

Noun[edit]

ble

  1. lake

Louisiana Creole[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ble

  1. Alternative form of blé (blue)

Noun[edit]

ble

  1. Alternative form of blé (blue)

See also[edit]

Colors in Louisiana Creole · koulær-yé (layout · text)
     blan      gri      nwa, nwar
             rouj              zoranj; brun, maron              jonn, jònn
                          , vèr, vær, væt              fonsé
             sèrsèl                           blé, ble
             vyolé, vyolèt              lila              ròz, roz

Neapolitan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ble ? (plural [please provide])

  1. blue

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

ble

  1. past of bli

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse bleðja.

Verb[edit]

ble (present tense bler, past tense bledde, past participle bledd, present participle bleande, imperative ble)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) (while reading) to turn the page, to sift through a book, pamphlet or other
    Synonym: bla
  2. (transitive) to sort
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

ble (present tense bler, past tense blei, supine blitt)

  1. (Stavanger) Eye dialect spelling of bli.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of ba le from pa le (which place), mutated so as to show adverbial usage.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ble

  1. where
    Synonyms: le, lle, pa le, ymhle

Mutation[edit]

Mutation of ble is unusual in that its mutated forms derive from the original pa le, resulting in ble (soft), mhle (nasal) and phle (aspirate). Usage of mhle and phle is limited, if at all found in the case of the latter, with users preferring an unmutable ble in all contexts.