pagrabs

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Latvian[edit]

Pagrabs

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Old East Slavic погробъ ‎(pogrobŭ, pit with a cover on top) (cf. Russian погреб ‎(pógreb, cellar, warehouse)), itself derived from погребати ‎(pogrebati, to rake, to dig). Given its form, this word must have been borrowed before the 13th century, though it is first mentioned only in 17th-century Latvian dictionaries.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pagrabs m (1st declension)

  1. cellar, basement (underground floor or space under a building)
    pagraba dzīvoklisbasement apartment
    pagraba logsbasement window
    kartupeļu, dārzeņu pagrabs — potato, vegetable cellar
    vīna pagrabs — wine cellar

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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