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 pīle‎ ― domestic (lit. house) duck
    meža pīle‎ ― wild (lit. forest) duck
    pīļu mātīte‎ ― female duck
    pīļu olas‎ ― duck eggs
    pīļu ligzdošanas vietas‎ ― duck nesting areas
    pīļu audzētava‎ ― duck farm
    pīles cepetis‎ ― roast duck
  2. (colloquial) false sensationalist rumors
    avīžu pīle‎ ― newspaper sensationalist rumors
    palaist pīli‎ ― to 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