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zobs m

  1. plural of zob


 Zobs on Latvian Wikipedia

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From Proto-Balto-Slavic *źombos[1] (with irregular *am > Latvian o ([uo]); or perhaps from a parallel form *žanbas, since *an > Latvian o ([uo]) is a regular change), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵómbʰos ‎(tooth; row of teeth), itself from the stem *ǵembʰ- ‎(to bite), apparently a variant of synonymous *ǵebʰ. Cognates include Lithuanian žam̃bas ‎(log, beam edge; any sharp, angular object), žam̃bis ‎(wooden plow), Old Church Slavonic зѫбъ ‎(zǫbŭ), Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian зуб ‎(zub), Bulgarian зъб ‎(zǎb), Czech zub, Polish ząb, Old High German chamb ‎(comb), Old Norse kambr, Old English camb, English comb, Albanian dhëmb ‎(tooth), Sanskrit जम्भः ‎(jámbhaḥ, tooth, fang), Ancient Greek γόμφος ‎(gómphos, nail, peg), γομφίος ‎(gomphíos, molar).[2]


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zobs m (1st declension)

  1. (anatomy) tooth (a hard, calcareous element in a structure present in the mouths of most vertebrates, used for biting and eating)
    veselīgi zobi — healthy teeth
    nedzīvs zobs — lifeless tooth
    zoba kronistooth crown
    zoba saknetooth root
    zoba emaljatooth enamel
    zobu šķilšanās — teething (lit. teeth hatching)
    bērnam nāk zobi — the child's teeth are coming out
    zoba plombēšanatooth filling
    zobu sāpestoothache
    zobu protēze — denture (lit. tooth prosthesis)
    izraut zobu — to pull out a tooth
    tīrīt zobus ar suku — to clean (one's) teeth with a brush
    piena zobs — milk tooth
    acu zobs, acuzobs — eye tooth (i.e., canine tooth)
    gudrības zobs — wisdom tooth
    tik auksts, ka zobi klab — (it is) so cold that (one's) teeth chatter
  2. (on tools, objects) tooth (protuberance, usually pointed, and usually on the side)
    zāģa zobi — saw teeth
    ielikt pļaujmašīnai jaunu zobu — to add a new tooth to the mower
    pils torņa zobi — castle tower teeth (= battlement, crenels)
    viņš iedod atslēgu; tā ir pavisam jauna, smalki ievīlētiem zobiem — he gave the key; it is brand new, (with) finely filed teeth
  3. (of cutting tools) cutting edge (sharp side of the blade)
    izkapts zobs — the cutting edge (lit. tooth) of a scythe
    uzskati koku, ko cirvja zobs dziļi ievainojis — you are looking at a tree which the ax blade, edge (lit. tooth) hurt (= cut) deep


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  1. ^ Rick Derksen (2008), Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon, Brill: Leiden-Boston, page 549
  2. ^ “zobs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7