pīle

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See also: pile, píle, pilé, and pīlē

Latvian[edit]

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Pīle

Etymology[edit]

Of onomatopoeic (imitative) origin, as is the case with several other Indo-European bird names, all from Proto-Indo-European onomatopoeic *pī- (reduplicated form *pīp-): Samogitian pīlė (duck), Bulgarian пиле (píle, chick, young bird), Serbo-Croatian pı̏le (chick), Slovene pípa (chicken), Ancient Greek πῑ́πος (pī́pos, young bird). The Latvian term, originally probably a dialectal colloquialism, has apparently replaced an earlier Proto-Baltic *antis; compare Lithuanian ántis (duck).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pīle f (5th declension)

  1. duck (birds of family Anatidae)
    mājas pīledomestic (lit. house) duck
    meža pīlewild (lit. forest) duck
    pīļu mātītefemale duck
    pīļu olasduck eggs
    pīļu ligzdošanas vietasduck nesting areas
    pīļu audzētavaduck farm
    pīles cepetisroast duck
  2. (colloquial) false sensationalist rumors
    avīžu pīlenewspaper sensationalist rumors
    palaist pīlito run a sensationalist rumor

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “pīle”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7