murrāt

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Latvian[edit]

Kaķene murrā
Murrāt

Etymology[edit]

From the same source as murdēt and murmināt: Proto-Baltic *mur-, from Proto-Indo-European *mur-, an stem that represents voice-like noises, perhaps from *mew-, *mū- “wet; dirty wetness, moisture; to wash” with an extra r.[1]

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Verb[edit]

murrāt (intr., 2nd conj., only 3rd personpres. murrā, past murrāja)

  1. (of cats) to purr (to make a quiet, vibrating noise in their throat)
    kaķene murrā skaļi un omulīgithe (female) cat purrs loud and cozily
    guļ nobarojies runcis, aizmirsis ķert peles un žurkas, bet tikai slinki murrāthe well-fed (male) cat, having forgotten to catch mice and rats, just purrs lazily
    kā kaķis maigi murrājot, jūra skalo viļņus pret smilšu sērilike a cat gently purring, the sea waves washed against the sandbanks

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “murdēt, murmināt”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN