lapsene

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See also: lapsenē

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

lapsene c

  1. plural definite of laps

Latvian[edit]

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Lapsene

Etymology[edit]

From an earlier *lapsa +‎ -ene, modified from *vapsa under the influence of lapsa(fox), from Proto-Baltic *wapsā-, from Proto-Indo-European *wobʰsā(wasp), from a stem *webʰ- with differnet meanings (perhaps different homophonous stems): “to weave, to braid” (so that the wasps would have originally been seen as “those that weaves (their own nest)“), and also “to scurry, to dart, to teem” (“teeming, darting insects”). Cognates include Lithuanian vapsvà, dialectal vapsà, Old Prussian wobse, Proto-Slavic *vopsā (Russian, Ukrainian оса(osá), Belarusian аса(asá), асва(asvá), Czech vosa, Polish osa), Old High German wefsa, wafsa, German Wespe, Latin vespa (< *vopsa), Ossetian ӕвз-(ævz-), ӕфс(æfs) “bee” (< Proto-Iranian *wabza-, *wapsa-).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

lapsene f (5th declension)

  1. wasp (many species of stinging flying insects resembling bees)
    lapseņu ligzda, pūznis‎ ― wasp nest
    lapsenes kodiens‎ ― wasp bite
    lapsenes dzēlums‎ ― wasp sting
    lapseņu spiets‎ ― wasp swarm
    vientuļās, sabiedriskās lapsenes‎ ― lonely, social wasps
    domas pa galvu kā lapsenes šaudās‎ ― thoughts shoot around like wasps in his head
    lielās, strīpotās lapsenes lidoja sirdīgi ap caurumu‎ ― the large, striped wasps flew angrily around the hole

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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