tuksnesis

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Tuksnesis

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as tukšs (empty) (q.v.). The ending is probably the result of the reinterpretation of a previoius *tuksnes, plural of *tuksne (with the suffix -ne), as singular, leading to *tuksnesstuksnesis; note the variations in form in older sources (tuksnis, tuksnese). The current form, tuksnesis, is attested from the 18th century on.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tuksnesis m (2nd declension)

  1. desert (large barren area, with little or no vegetation, usually because of lack of water)
    smilšu tuksnesissandy desert
    akmeņu, māla tuksnesisstone, clay desert
    Sahāras tuksnesis'Sahara desert
    tuksnešu faunadesert fauna
    tuksnešu zonasdesert area
    Tuvie Austrumi: tā ir saules svelmē sakarsētu tuksnešu un reizē auglīgu dārzu zemethe Middle East: that is a land of sun-heated deserts and at the same time fertile gardens

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References[edit]

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