vilks

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Latvian[edit]

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Vilks

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Balto-Slavic *wilkás, from Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos. The word would originally have been a descriptive nickname ('the killer, the plunderer, the destroyer'), the original name having perhaps become a taboo word. Note that similarly formed nicknames for “wolf” still occur in modern Latvian: pelēcis (gray one), mežainis (forest one), mežavīrs (forest man), vecbrālis (old brother), etc.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

vilks m (1st declension)

  1. wolf (esp. Canis lupus)
    pelēkais vilksgray wolf
    vilka midzeniswolf's lair
    vilku barsa pack of wolves
    vilks gaudo, kaucthe wolf howls
    vilku kaucieniwolf howls
    medīt vilkusto hunt wolves
    izsalcis kā vilkshungry as a wolf

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

vilks

  1. 3rd person singular future indicative form of vilkt
  2. 3rd person plural future indicative form of vilkt

References[edit]

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

Lithuanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

vil̃ks

  1. third-person singular future of vilkti
  2. third-person plural future of vilkti