reņģe

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Latvian[edit]

Reņģe
Reņģes

Etymology[edit]

Apparently a borrowing from Old Frisian hareng ‎(herring) (itself maybe from here ‎(swarm, school of fish), i.e. originally “school of fish” > “fish that swims in schools”), with loss of the initial syllable (*hareng > *renge > reņģe). This loandword is already found in 16th-century family names, and later in 17th-century dictionaries.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): [ɾɛ̄ɲɟɛ]

Noun[edit]

reņģe f (5th declension)

  1. herring (many fish species of the family Clupeidae, especially Clupea harengus membras, which is about 25 cm long, with a bluish green back and silvery sides)
    žāvēta reņģe — dried, smoked herring
    reņģes tomātu mērcēherrings in tomato sauce
    veikalā viņš bija ieraudzījis un nopircis svaigas reņģes — in the store he had found and bought fresh herring

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

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