meija

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Latvian[edit]

stage decorated with meijas

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch meye or Middle Low German meige ([meije], decorated May tree; a green branch (for May festivities)), the older sense of the word being the month of May.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): [mēīja]

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Noun[edit]

meija f (4th declension)

  1. (baby birches used to decorate the premises leading up to Midsummer festivities (Līgo))
    katrs Latvijas iedzīvotājs valsts mežos drīkst nocirst piecas meijasevery inhabitant of Latvia is allowed to chop down [up to] five meijas in state owned forests[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “meija”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN
  2. ^ la.lv