cirslis

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Latvian[edit]

Cirslis

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from cirst(to cut, to hew, to chop), from Proto-Baltic *kir-, from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, *kr̥-(to cut). The semantic evolution was probably “to cut” > “to chop”, also “to gnaw,” “to bite,” “to pierce,” whence cirslis “gnawer.” Cognates include Lithuanian kar̃stas, kertùkas, kirstukas, Ukrainian чертец(čertéts).[1]

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Noun[edit]

cirslis m (2nd declension)

  1. shrew (mammal sp.)
    ūdens cirslis‎ ― water shrew
    mazais cirslis‎ ― small shrew
    ciršļa ala‎ ― shrew burrow

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References[edit]

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