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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


From mjølk (milk), or from Old Norse mjolka, molka, from Proto-Germanic *melkaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂melǵ-. Compare with Danish malke, Swedish mjölka, Faroese and Icelandic mjólka, Dutch and German melken, and English milk.


mjølke (imperative mjølk, present tense mjølker, passive mjølkes, simple past and past participle mjølka or mjølket, present participle mjølkende)

  1. alternative form of melke


Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse mjolka, from the Proto-Germanic strong verb *melkaną.

Alternative forms[edit]


mjølke (present tense mjølkar, past tense mjølka, past participle mjølka, passive infinitive mjølkast, present participle mjølkande, imperative mjølke/mjølk)

  1. (transitive) to milk (most if not all senses)
  2. (ergative or transitive) to produce (milk)
    kua har slutta å mjølke.
    the cow has stopped to produce milk.
    kua mjølkar åtte liter dagen.
    the cow gives eight litres of milk a day.
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Etymology 2[edit]

stormjølke i ei eng

From the noun mjølk (milk). The first sense is due to its whitish colour. The botanical senses have to do with an old belief that ingestion in cows was good for milk production.


mjølke m (definite singular mjølken, indefinite plural mjølkar, definite plural mjølkane)

  1. (uncountable) milt; semen of male fish
  2. (botany) willowherb (plant of the genus Epilobium)
  3. (botany) fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
    Synonym: geitrams
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