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  1. hole

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Usually derived from Proto-Indo-European *wēt-, *wet-, *ut-, from the stem *wē- ‎(to blow) (whence also Latin vējš ‎(wind), q.v.) with a suffix -t. J. Endzelīns, connecting this word to Old Prussian wutris ‎(blacksmith), and noting the ancient link between the notions of “forging” and “pricking, piercing” (compare Latvian kalt ‎(to forge), Russian колоть ‎(kolót', to pierce)), suggested that the original meaning of uts was “that which pierces; stitch.” Another opinion is that uts (via *wet-, with a suffix -t) derives from Proto-Indo-European *eu- ‎(to feel) (whence also Latvian just ‎(to feel), q.v.), so that its original meaning would have been “that which is felt, which irritates.” A third suggestion is that uts comes from Proto-Indo-European *lus, *luH ‎(louse) (compare Lithuanian liũlė, German Laus, English louse), a word which many daughter languages altered or abandoned, perhaps because of linguistic taboos; in the Baltic case, only the middle u would have been kept, with an extra suffix -t. Cognates include Lithuanian utėlė̃, dialectal utė̃, utìs.[1]


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uts f (6th declension)

  1. louse, lice (many species of small insect parasites, all in the order Phthiraptera)
    galvas, drēbju uts — head, clothes lice
    kaunuma uts — pubic lice
    utu ķemmelice comb (for removing lice)


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