liežuvis

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Lithuanian[edit]

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Liežuvis

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *inźūˀ, from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s. Cognate with Old Prussian insuwis, Proto-Slavic *(j)ęzykъ, Armenian լեզու (lezu).

The initial l- in the Lithuanian form was likely influenced by liẽžti (to lick). The same pattern can be observed in Old Armenian լեզու (lezu, tongue), լիզեմ (lizem, lick). According to Hilmarsson,[1] there are also Russian dialects where "l'azyk" is used, from лиза́ть (lizátʹ) + язы́к (jazýk).

Hilmarsson goes on to propose a development from *inźū*inźuwis (as seen in Prussian) > Proto-Lithuanian *įžuwisliežuvis.

Noun[edit]

liežùvis m (plural liežùviai) stress pattern 2

  1. (anatomy) tongue

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • liežuvis in Lietuvių kalbos žodynas [Lithuanian language dictionary], lkz.lt
  • Derksen, Rick (2015), “liežuvis”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Baltic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 13), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 285
  1. ^ liežuvis in Lietuvių kalbos etimologinio žodyno duomenų bazė [Lithuanian etymological dictionary database]