zoss

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Latvian[edit]

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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 barsa flock of geese
    zosu spalvasgoose feathers
    zoss cepetisgoose roast
    meža zosswild (lit. forest) goose
    pelēkā zossgray goose

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References[edit]

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