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 sērs on Latvian Wikipedia


From Proto-Indo-European *ser- (to flow, run), based either on sulfur's sharp taste, or on a development like “liquid” > “substance that flows easily” > “sulfur”. Cognates include Russian се́ра (séra), Latin serum (whey).

Some specialists believe, however, that sērs is a 13th-century borrowing from Old East Slavic (сѣр (sěr), сѣра (sěra)). At any rate, even if the word is not borrowed, its shape may have been influenced by Old East Slavic or Russian.[1]


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sērs m (1st declension)

  1. sulfur (nonmentallic chemical element with atomic number 16)
    aktīvais sērsactive sulfur
    organiskais sērsorganic sulfur
    sēra trioksīdssulfur trioxide
    sēra atradessulfur deposits
    sēra savienojumisulfur compounds
    sēra peldessulfur baths
  2. earwax (waxy substance secreted by the ear)
    auss sērsearwax
    sēra korķisear cork (= a lump of earwax in the ear)


Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “sērs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN