zīdīt

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally a causative form of zīst (to suckle), like its rarer but more regularly formed synonym zīdināt.[1]

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Verb[edit]

zīdīt tr., 3rd conj., pres. zīdu, zīdi, zīda, past zīdīju

  1. to nurse, to breastfeed (to feed (a child, a baby) with one's own milk)
    viņai bija pilnas, piebriedušas krūtis, jo tā zīdīja bērnu — she had full, swollen breasts, because she was nursing a child
  2. to nurse, to suckle (the same, for animals)
    cūka bija paēdusi un zīdīja sivēnus — the sow had eaten and was (now) nursing (her) piglets

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References[edit]

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