spier

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

spier (plural spiere)

  1. muscle

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch spier (pointed object; blade of grass; long pole; muscle), from Old Dutch *spīr, from Proto-Germanic *spīraz, *spīrǭ. In Middle Dutch, the word took the meaning "muscle", likely due to the similarities in shape between its earlier meanings and muscle fibers.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spier f (plural spieren, diminutive spiertje n)

  1. muscle (contractile tissue)
  2. (archaic) blade (of a plant)
    Synonyms: spriet, halm
  3. (archaic) blade of grass
    Synonyms: grasspriet, grashalm
  4. spar (pole)
    Synonyms: rondhout

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Noun[edit]

spier n (uncountable)

  1. (dated) the collective of muscles
  2. (obsolete) poultry, white meat, the whitish meat of fowl [16th. - 18th c.]

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