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 zvirbulishouse sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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References[edit]

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