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, pūzniswasp nest
    lapsenes kodienswasp bite
    lapsenes dzēlumswasp sting
    lapseņu spietswasp swarm
    vientuļās, sabiedriskās lapseneslonely, social wasps
    domas pa galvu kā lapsenes šaudāsthoughts shoot around like wasps in his head
    lielās, strīpotās lapsenes lidoja sirdīgi ap caurumuthe 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