teika

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See also: teikā

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teika

  1. rōmaji reading of ていか

Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as the verb teikt (to say) (q.v.). Dialectally and originally the meaning was “saying, talk.” The current meaning (corresponding to German Sage, Russian предание (predanije)) appeared in the 1860's, perhaps under the influence of A. Kronvalds.[1]

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Noun[edit]

teika f (4th declension)

  1. legend, tale (traditional folk narrative combining the real and the fantastic; the respective genre)
    latviešu tautas teika — a Latvian folk tale, legend
    teika par Dundagas pili — the legend of the Dundaga castle
    teika par Lāčplēsi — the legend of Lāčplēsis (the Bear-Slayer)
    vietu teikas — local legends, tales
    stāstīt teikas — to tell legends, tales
    sena teika stāsta, ka Sjerraleone (tulkojumā “Lauvu kalni”) dabūjusi savu nosaukumu no portugāļu jūras braucējiem — an old legend says that Sierra Leone (literally “Lion Mountains”) obtained its name from Portuguese sailors

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References[edit]

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