- (dialectal form) rasme
Derived from the verb rast (“to find”) + -ma, following the same pattern as jaust (“to sense, to guess”), jausma (“feeling, guess”). It continues older meanings of this verb, related to “growth,” “growing” (cf. older and dialectal meanings of rasma such as “flourishing,” “yield,” “excellence”). Cognates include Lithuanian rasmė̃ (“quick growth, rich income, (harvest) yield”).
rasma f (4th declension)
- (poetic) fruitfulness, fertility, fecundity; product
- tumšas augusta naktis; kāds svētīgs spēks tām, kāda rasma tās lielajai, mīkstajai rasai! — dark August nights; what holy power they have, what fecundity, product they are of this great, soft dew!