runcis

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Latvian[edit]

Runcis

Etymology[edit]

The origin of this word is unclear. It is possibly derived from Proto-Indo-European *rew-, *rū-, *ru- (to run, to rush), via a previous adjective *runs, *rūns, on the model of brūns (brown), bruncis (brown, bay horse) (a variant of brūnis). Others have suggested that runcis is related to runa (talk); yet others, to rūkt (to growl; to roar).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

runcis m (2nd declension)

  1. male cat, tom cat, he-cat
    kad runča nav mājās, tad peles virs galda lēkā — when the tomcat is not home, the mice jump over the table

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References[edit]

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