govs

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

govs

  1. plural of gov

Latvian[edit]

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Govs

Etymology[edit]

From earlier Latvian *gùovis, from Eastern Proto-Baltic *guowis (an i-stem), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷṓws ‎(cattle). Cognates include Hittite guwau- ‎(guwau-), Old Armenian կով ‎(kov), Proto-Slavic *govędo ‎(cattle) (Russian говядина ‎(govjádina, beef), dialectal говядо ‎(govjádo, cattle, beef, butter), Belarusian гавяда ‎(gavjáda, domestic animal), Bulgarian говедо ‎(govedo, cow, cattle), Czech hovado ‎(cow, cattle)), Old High German chuo (German Kuh, Dutch koe, English cow, Swedish ko, Icelandic kýr), Proto-Celtic *bow- (Old Irish , Irish , Scottish Gaelic , Middle Welsh bu) Latin bōs, bōvis ‎(ox, cattle), dialectal vos (Italian bove, bue, French bœuf, Romanian bou, Spanish buey, Portuguese boi).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

govs f (6th declension)

  1. cattle (bovines in general, syn. liellops)
    govju fermacow farm, cattle ranch
    govju ēdināšana — the feeding of the cattle
  2. cow (specifically female)
    piena govs — milk cow, dairy cow
    slaukt govis — to milk the cows
    govs stāv ciet, ir ciet — the cow stands, is closed (= does not give milk, before calving)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “govs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7