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All Slavic: rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Discussion in 'Other Slavic Languages' started by vandaman, May 14, 2010.

  1. vandaman Junior Member

    macedonian
    Hi ,
    In Slavic languages there are two groups of possible cognates for rats.

    staor (стаор) MKD, szczur POL, štakor HRV and
    potkan SLK,CEZ, пацукi BEL, pacov SRP


    any ideas of differences?
    thank you
     
  2. TriglavNationalPark

    TriglavNationalPark Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    Slovenian (a.k.a. Slovene)
    I'll just add the Slovenian word: podgana. According to Marko Snoj's Slovenski etimološki slovar, podgana derives from vulgar Latin ponticana (also "rat"), which in turn comes from (mus) Pontica (literally "Pontica mouse"). Pontica refers to Pontus, the south shore of the Black Sea, from where rats were apparently introduced to Europe.
     
  3. Selyd Senior Member

    ucraniano
  4. marco_2 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    There was a similar thread on 28th of February.
     
  5. DarkChild Senior Member

    Bulgarian
    In Bulgarian it's плъх/plyh
     
  6. sokol

    sokol Senior Member

    Vienna, Austria; raised in Upper Austria
    Austrian (as opposed to Australian)
    That's the one, about the difference between black and brown rat. :)
     
  7. TriglavNationalPark

    TriglavNationalPark Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    Slovenian (a.k.a. Slovene)
    :warn: False friends alert!

    Slovenian:

    ščurek = cockroach
    polh = dormouse
     

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