pastala

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Latvian[edit]

Pastalas
Pastalas

Etymology[edit]

This word, already mentioned in 14th-century texts, is traditionally considered a borrowing from Russian посто́лы ‎(postóly) (dialectal), itself apparently a borrowing from Turkish postal ‎(shoe), from post ‎(skin, leather). More recently, it has been suggested that it may be derived from the stem of stāt ‎(to stop, to stand); cf. Lithuanian pastõlas, pastõlis ‎(base, support). If this is true, the original meaning of pastala would have been “that which is located under (something else).” Some Old Prussian place names (Pastoline, Pastelina) appear to contain a cognate of this word.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pastala f (4th declension)

  1. (usually in the plural) simple, primitive shoes made of one piece of leather without seams and with straps or laces on top
    dziļās pastalas — deep pastalas
    Sīmanis apsēdās grāvmālē atpūsties, savilka ciešāk atslābušās pastalu auklas — Sīmanis sat down by the ditch to rest (and) tightened his loose pastala laces

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “pastala” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7