eau

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See also: Eau, EAU, ÉAU, and -eau

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ea, eo (with spelling influenced by very distant cognate French eau), from Old English ēa (running water, water, stream, river), from Proto-Germanic *ahwō (waters, river), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Doublet of aqua. Compare ea, yeo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

eau

  1. (Lincolnshire toponymy) Misspelling of Eau

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Bariai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Ngero *i-om (compare Malalamai yu), although the precise form of this word, like Kove and Lusi veao, is unexplained.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈeɑu/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯]

Noun[edit]

eau

  1. water

Derived terms[edit]

  • eau-eai (in the water) /eɑu.eɑi/, [ˈe̯ɑu̯.i̯ɑi̯]

References[edit]

  • Steve Gallagher, Peirce Baehr, Bariai Grammar Sketch (2005)
  1. ^ Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988), page 164: PNg *i-om > Malai yom, Gitua yum, Malalamai yu (the forms Kove veao and Bariai eau are unexplained).

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French eau, eaue, from Old French ewe, euwe, egua (water), from Latin aqua (water), from Proto-Italic *akʷā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂ (water, flowing water). Cognate with Old English ēa (flowing water, stream, river). More at ea.

See cognates in regional languages in France : Angevin ieau, Bourbonnais-Berrichon aigue or aïe, Bourguignon , Champenois ève or 'aive, Franc-Comtois âve, Gallo iau, Lorrain aoue, Norman iâo, Orléanais iau, Picard ieu, Poitevin-Saintongeais ève, Tourangeau iau, Franco-Provençal égoua and éva, Occitan aiga, Catalan aigua, Corsican acqua.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

eau f (plural eaux)

  1. Water, a liquid that is transparent, colorless, odorless, and tasteless in its pure form, the primary constituent of lakes, rivers, seas, and oceans.
    Il buvait un verre d’eau fraîche.
    He drank a cool glass of water.
    L’eau de mer et l’eau de rivière n’ont pas la même teneur en sel et n’abritent donc pas les mêmes poissons.
    Sea water and river water do not have the same salt content and thus do not harbor the same fish.
    • 1951, First Congress on Irrigation and Drainage. Transactions. vol. 2, page 149.
      L'alteration de l′eau du lac par l'effect des courants du fond vers la surface semble s'expliquer par le fait, que le courant à densité avait une temperature plus élevée que les couches inférieures et moyennes du lac.
      The alteration of the lake's 'water by the effect of the current from the bottom to the surface seems to be explained by the fact that the density current had a higher temperature than the inferior and medium layers of the lake.
  2. In particular, rain.
    Si le vent dure, nous aurons de l’eau.
    If the wind persists, we will have rain.
  3. (chemistry) The chemical compound with molecular formula H2O existing in the form of ice, liquid water or steam.
    L’eau se durcit par le froid et se vaporise par la chaleur.
    Water hardens with cold and vaporises with heat.
  4. Natural liquid quantities or expanses.
    Le soir, ils se baignaient dans les eaux du lac Titicaca.
    In the evening, they bathed in the waters of Lake Titicaca.
  5. Fluids such as sweat, formed and found in the body of man or animal.
    Les vésicatoires font des ampoules pleines d’eau.
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    L’eau m'en vint à la bouche.
    That made my mouth water.
    Il s’est échauffé à courir, il est tout en eau.
    He warmed up to run. He's all sweaty.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Antillean Creole: dlo
  • Guianese Creole: dilo
  • Haitian Creole: dlo
  • Karipúna Creole French: djilo, dlo
  • Louisiana Creole French: dolo
  • Mauritian Creole: dilo
  • Seychellois Creole: delo
  • Tayo: delo, dolo

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Middle French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French euwe, ewe, egua, from Latin aqua.

Noun[edit]

eau f (plural eaus or eaux)

  1. water

Descendants[edit]

  • French: eau (see there for further descendants)

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) jau
  • (Sursilvan) jeu
  • (Sutsilvan) jou
  • (Surmiran) ia
  • (Vallader) eu

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *eo, from Latin ego, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂.

Pronoun[edit]

eau

  1. (Puter) I