tēvija

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in 1870, from tēvs (father) +‎ -ija, by A. Kronvalds, in parallel with its synonym tēvzeme.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tēvija f (4th declension)

  1. fatherland, homeland (country or land seen as the land of one's ancestors)
    kas cilvēks ir bez dzimtene, bez tēvijas un mājām?what is a person without a homeland, without a fatherland and a home?
    es - ceļinieks bez tēvijasI (am) a traveller without a home (lit. without a fatherland)
    pienāca pavasaris... tīrumos nozuda sniegs, un pirmie gāju putni atgriezās savā ziemeļu tēvijāspring has come... the snow has disappeared from the fields, and the first migratory birds have returned to their northern fatherland

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References[edit]

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