gaai

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French gai, from Late Latin gaius ‎(jay). Further etymology uncertain, though plausibly echoic, and supposedly influenced by the Roman common given name Gaius.

Noun[edit]

gaai m ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. (zoology) The jaybird, Garrulus glandarinus, a woodland corvine species
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Etymology 2[edit]

A parallel form of papagaai ‎(parrot), by popular etymology confused with etymology 1, but actually from Middle Dutch papagoie, papegoie, from Arabic بَبَّغَاء ‎(babbaḡāʾ) and Persian بپغا ‎(bapğâ), of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

gaai m ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. A wooden, somewhat bird-shaped target, often ornamented with bright plumes, used in archery competitions
  2. The high wooden stake or tower the above is mounted on
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Etymology 3[edit]

A parallel form of gade ‎(spouse).

Noun[edit]

gaai f ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n or gaaike n)

  1. (uncommon) A female spouse, notably (and mostly used in the diminutive):
    1. a female bird
    2. a female fish
    3. (humorous) a human mistress or wife
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