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From Proto-Finno-Ugric *erä (apart).[1]



  1. batch (quantity of anything produced at one operation)
  2. lot (separate portion; a number of things taken collectively)
  3. instalment; short for maksuerä (partial payment)
  4. (accounting) item, entry; short for tilierä
  5. A subdivision of many sports contests. Erä can be a time-limited part of a match between two parties or, where the number of contestants exceeds the capacity of the sports facillity, a qualifying competition between a subset of contestants. The translation into English varies by sport. Examples:
    period in icehockey
    half in soccer
    quarter or half in basketball, depending on rules applied
    round in boxing
    set in tennis, volleyball and other ballgames where the parties are separated by a net
    game in squash
    heat in athletics
    chukker in polo
  6. (rare, hunting) game, catch
  7. (archaic) wilderness, especially one that is good hunting ground.


Inflection of erä (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative erä erät
genitive erän erien
partitive erää eriä
illative erään eriin
singular plural
nominative erä erät
accusative nom. erä erät
gen. erän
genitive erän erien
partitive erää eriä
inessive erässä erissä
elative erästä eristä
illative erään eriin
adessive erällä erillä
ablative erältä eriltä
allative erälle erille
essive eränä erinä
translative eräksi eriksi
instructive erin
abessive erättä erittä
comitative erineen


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  1. ^ Häkkinen, Kaisa (2004-2005). Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja. Juva: WSOY. ISBN 951-0-27108-X.