bletë

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Albanian[edit]

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 [Term?] (/miliddu/, sweet). Alternatively from *mbletë, a borrowing from Greco-Latin *melettum, from Ancient Greek μέλιττα (mélitta),[2] but this is unlikely.

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Noun[edit]

bletë f (indefinite plural bletë, definite singular bleta, definite plural bletët)

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Demiraj, Bardhyl (1997) Albanische Etymologien: Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz [Albanian Etymologies: Investigations into the Albanian Inherited Lexicon] (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 7)‎[1] (in German), Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi, page 105
  2. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1998), “bletë”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, page 29