knislis

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Latvian[edit]

Knišļi
Knislis

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from the verb knist (to itch) (q.v.). Some dialectal variants (knausis, knauslis, knusis) have the same basic root (Proto-Indo-European *ken-, *kn-), but with a different suffix and/or ablaut form.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Noun[edit]

knislis m (2nd declension)

  1. blackfly (small insects of the order Diptera (family: Simuliidae) that suck blood and resemble flies)
    knislis sīcthe blackfly is buzzing
    jaukā laikā odi un knišļi cēlās augstu gaisāin nice weather the mosquitos and blackflies rise high in the air
    pie assinssūcējiem divspārņiem pieder odi, knišļi, miģeles, mušas un dundurito the bloodsucking diptera belong: mosquitos, blackflies, midges, flies and horseflies

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References[edit]

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