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See also: zwierze and źwierzę


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Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Old Polish źwierzę. By surface analysis, zwierz +‎ .


zwierzę n (diminutive zwierzątko, related adjective zwierzęcy)

  1. animal (member of the kingdom Animalia other than a human)
  2. (biology) animal (eukaryote of the clade Animalia; a multicellular organism that is usually mobile, whose cells are not encased in a rigid cell wall (distinguishing it from plants and fungi) and which derives energy solely from the consumption of other organisms (distinguishing it from plants))
  3. (colloquial) beast (person who has a set of characteristics that make him or her function well in a particular environment)
    Synonym: zwierz
  4. (colloquial, derogatory) animal (person who behaves wildly)
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According to Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej (1990), zwierzę is one of the most used words in Polish, appearing 66 times in scientific texts, 11 times in news, 3 times in essays, 8 times in fiction, and 14 times in plays, each out of a corpus of 100,000 words, totaling 102 times, making it the 621st most common word in a corpus of 500,000 words.[1]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.


zwierzę pf

  1. first-person singular future of zwierzyć


  1. ^ Ida Kurcz (1990), “zwierzę”, in Słownik frekwencyjny polszczyzny współczesnej [Frequency dictionary of the Polish language] (in Polish), volume 2, Kraków; Warszawa: Polska Akademia Nauk. Instytut Języka Polskiego, page 790

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