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Bee semantics

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Lutz Szemkus
Posted 2012-04-18 23:02 (#90103 - in reply to #90096)
Subject: RE: Bee semantics

Arūnas Armonas - 2012-04-18 12:46

Lutz Szemkus - 2012-04-17 21:06

TRANELIS is a rare Lithuanian surname in Germany.

Does it literally mean little "male" bee / drone with ELIS being an endearing diminutive suffix?


Do you associate this with "male bee" specifically or is it just "small bee" and the same as BITELIS or BIC`´ELIS?

Male bee.

Does TRANAS figuratively also mean "lazybones" and could TRANELIS have that same negative sense as well?

Yes, tranas also means lazy, a man who lives at the expense of other.



And can TRANELIS also mean "little man who lives at the expense of others"?

Or is "little male bee / drone" the only meaning that TRANELIS can have?
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