"A tengerimalacok nem disznók."

Translation:The Guinea pigs are not pigs.

July 27, 2016

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malac - piglet
tenger - sea
tengeri - sea (adj)
tengerimalac - lit. "sea piglet", analogous to German Meerschweinchen or Polish świnka morska

July 27, 2016

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Piglets from overseas, indeed.
And an archaic name for "corn", also from America, is "tengeri".

July 27, 2016

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Don't know about "archaic" my family uses "tengeri" by default - and grows the stuff.

February 20, 2018

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"Tengeri" is an English word? I've never heard it. (I grew up in urban areas.) Do you know the etymology, by any chance? Probably not related to "tenger," since corn doesn't grow in the sea. :)

February 21, 2018

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Do we have an Iowa connection here?

February 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bastette54

Thanks for that explanation, I was puzzling over that word. Sea-something, but I didn't know "malac."

August 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/chirelchirel

Oh, so the Finnish word 'marsu' must come from those (through Swedish marsvin).

June 25, 2017
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