bletë

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *m(e)lítā, from Proto-Indo-European *melit-(honey). Cognate to Greek μέλισσα(mélissa, bee)[1]. In view of the -bl- cluster one might also consider as alternative Proto-Indo-European *mlīto 'sweet', in Gothic bleiþs(bleiþs, kind-hearted, merciful), Old High German blīdi(merry, glad), Hittite miliddu(sweet). Alternatively from *mbletë, a borrowing from Greco-Latin *melettum, from Ancient Greek μέλιττα(mélitta)[2],but this unlikely.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bletë f

  1. bee (insect)
  2. swarm (of bees)
  3. hive

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bardhyl Demiraj, Albanische Etymologien (Amsterdam: Rodopoi, 1997),p.105
  2. ^ Vladimir Orel, Albanian Etymological Dictionary (Leiden: Brill, 1998), 29.