zoss

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Zosis

Etymology[edit]

From earlier *zosis, from Proto-Baltic *žans-is, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰans- ‎(goose), apparently of onomatopoeic (imitative) origin. The g in the Slavic cognates is either a dialectal phenomenon or the result of an old stem variant. Cognates include Lithuanian žąsìs, Old Prussian sansy ‎([zansi]), Proto-Slavic *gǫsь (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian гусь ‎(gus'), Bulgarian гъска ‎(gǎ́ska), Czech hus, husa, Polish gęś), Old High German gans, Old Norse gás, Old English gōs, German Gans, English goose, Old Irish géiss ‎(swan), Sanskrit हंसः ‎(haṁsáḥ), Latin ānser (< *hānser).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zoss f (6th declension)

  1. goose (several birds of the Anatini tribe of the Anatidae family, genera Anser, Branta, and Chen)
    zosu bars — a flock of geese
    zosu spalvasgoose feathers
    zoss cepetisgoose roast
    meža zoss — wild (lit. forest) goose
    pelēkā zoss — gray goose

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References[edit]

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