zvirbulis

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Latvian[edit]

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 Zvirbulis on Latvian Wikipedia

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Mājas zvirbuļi

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *werb-, *werp- ( +‎ -ulis; compare also vērpt (to spin)), from *wer- (to turn, to twist, to bend) (with an extra suffix -p, -b). The original meaning was a bird that turns and moves all the time. The initial z is either from an s-mobile, or the influence of some other term for this bird species (e.g., dialectal žīgurs, žvīgurs, žvingurs, apparently from the same stem as zviegt (to neigh, to whinny), q.v.). Cognates include Lithuanian žvìrblis, Old Church Slavonic врабии (vrabii), Russian воробей (vorobéj), Bulgarian врабец (vrabéts), Czech vrabec, Polish wróbel.[1]

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Noun[edit]

zvirbulis m (2nd declension)

  1. sparrow (a number of bird species of the order Passeriformes, genus Passer)
    mājas zvirbulis — house sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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References[edit]

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