souche

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French[edit]

des souches (1)

Etymology[edit]

From Old French çoche, from Gaulish. Cognate with Catalan and Spanish soca.

Noun[edit]

souche f (plural souches)

  1. stump (of a tree)
  2. (viral) strain
    une souche virale inédite a fait au minimum vingt morts
    an unknown viral strain has resulted at least twenty deaths
  3. (by extension, linguistics) root
    un mot de souche latinea word originating in Latin
  4. (by extension, genealogy) origin
    un Américain de souchesomeone of American origin
  5. (by extension, genetics) founder

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