cheie

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin clāvis, clāvem, from Proto-Italic *klāwis, ultimately of Proto-Indo-European origin.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cheie m or f or n (indeclinable)

  1. key, chief

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Noun[edit]

cheie f (plural chei)

  1. key (device for unlocking)
  2. key (crucial step or requirement)
  3. wrench, spanner
  4. (music) clef
  5. (in the plural) gorge, ravine

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Further reading[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriela Panã Dindelegan, Martin Maiden, The Grammar of Romanian (2013), page 10: "The consonants [c, ɟ] are an innovation of Daco-Romanian; they originated in the clusters [kʎ] (< Lat. [kl.]), [ɡʎ] (< Lat. [ɡl]), where [l] has undergone palatalization: cheie [ceje] 'key' < clavis, [] "