pou

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See also: Pou, póu, pòu, põu, pōu, pǒu, and POU

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch pauw.

Noun[edit]

pou (plural poue, diminutive poutjie)

  1. peacock

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Amanab[edit]

Noun[edit]

pou

  1. a kind of snake

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Catalan pou, from an older */pots/ (with regular /-ts/ > /u̯/), from Latin puteus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *paw- (to strike). Attested from 1272.[1] Compare Occitan potz, French puits, Spanish pozo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pou m (plural pous)

  1. well (a hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids)
  2. (figuratively) well (a source of supply)
    • 2020 August 11, Mònica Planas Callol, “Secrets i prejudicis a l’americana [American-style secrets and prejudices]”, in Ara[1]:
      La sèrie provoca una angoixa creixent en l’espectador per la tendència dels personatges a amagar les seves ferides en comptes de guarir-les, i això es converteix en un pou de malentesos i conflictes que es van acumulant.
      The show causes a growing anxiety in the viewer because of the characters' tendency to hide their wounds instead of healing them, and that becomes a well of misunderstandings and conflicts that build up over time.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ pou”, in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2022

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French pouil, peouil, püil, from Late Latin peduclus < peduculus, variant of Latin pēdīculus, from pēdis, from Proto-Indo-European *pezd-. The singular is a back-formation from the plural (see also genou with the same development).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pou m (plural poux)

  1. louse; head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis)

Usage notes[edit]

Only seven words in French ending in -ou have their plurals in -oux instead of -ous: bijou, caillou, chou, genou, hibou, joujou, pou.

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Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French pour (for).

Preposition[edit]

pou

  1. for
    • 2019 March 19, “Rankont ann Itali ant Anvwaye Espesyal Etazini ak Larisi sou Kriz Venezuela a”, in Lavwadlamerik[2]:
      Anvwaye espesyal Etazini pou Venezuela, Elliot Abrams, ak vis-minis afè etranjè Larisi, Sergei Ryabkov, ap fè reyinyon nan vil Wòm ann Itali pou yo pale sou “sityasyon Venezuela kap agrave.”
      American Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliot Abrams and Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov are meeting in the city of Rome, Italy to speak about "the worsening situation in Venezuela."

Etymology 2[edit]

From French pou (louse).

Noun[edit]

pou

  1. louse

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

pou

  1. Nonstandard spelling of pōu.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of póu.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of pǒu.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of pòu.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Maori[edit]

Noun[edit]

pou

  1. pillar

Mauritian Creole[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • pu

Etymology[edit]

From French pour. Compare Haitian Creole pou.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

pou

  1. for

Verb[edit]

pou (medial form pou)

  1. (auxiliary) Used to indicate future tense.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French poi.

Adverb[edit]

pou

  1. little (not much, not a lot)

Descendants[edit]

  • French: peu

Old French[edit]

Adverb[edit]

pou

  1. Alternative form of poi

Pará Arára[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • pougu (used when talking to a capuchin monkey)

Noun[edit]

pou

  1. small peccary

References[edit]

  • 2010, Isaac Costa de Souza, A Phonological Description of “Pet Talk” in Arara (MA), SIL Brazil, page 42.

Tulu-Bohuai[edit]

Noun[edit]

pou

  1. pig

Further reading[edit]

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)