sams

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

sams

  1. plural of sam

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Latvian[edit]

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Sams

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic *šamas, from a stem *šam-, from Proto-Indo-European *kam- ‎(stick, wood). The semantic change (“wood” > “fish”) is due to resemblance between wels catfish, especially when asleep in water, and pieces of wood. Cognates include Lithuanian šãmas, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian сом ‎(som), Czech sumec (Old Czech som), Polish sum, Ancient Greek κάμαξ ‎(kámax, pile, stake) (compare Greek καμάκι ‎(kamáki, spear, harpoon)).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

sams m (1st declension)

  1. wels catfish, sheatfish (a scaleless freshwater catfish, Silurus glanis)
    puiši zivis šauda, saķēruši sirmu samu: liels kā teliņš, melns kā velniņš, plata mute, garas ūsas — the boys shot the fish, (they had) caught a gray catfish: big as a little calf, black as the devil, wide mouth, long whiskers

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References[edit]

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