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The term vecāki (parents) constitutes a nominalized use of the comparative plural form of the adjective vecs (old) and a calque of German Eltern (parents). In previous centuries it was also used in the sense of “ancient ones,” “ancestors,” “elders,” “wise ones;” in the 20th century, its meaning had become restricted to “parents.” Previously, combinations like tēvs un māte “father and mother” or tēvs māmiņa (lit. “father-mommy”).[1]


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  1. nominative plural masculine form of vecāks


vecāki m (1st declension)

  1. (of people) parents (someone's father and mother)
    vecāku mīlestībaparents' love, parental love
    vecāku tiesībasparental rights
    mani vecāki bija apprecējušies normālā vecumāmy parents had married at the normal age
  2. (biology) parent, parental (an organism which has created other organisms)
    jaunie organismi atšķiras no vecākiemyoung, new organisms differ from (their) parents
    bedzimumvairošanās procesā piedalās tikai viens vecāku organisms, no kura somatiskajām šūnām vai atsevišķām daļām veidojas divi vai vairāki jauni organismiin the process of asexual reproduction, only one parental organism participates, from whose somatic cells or separate parts two or more new organisms are formed



  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “vecāki”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN