I happened to come across this term while searching for shortcuts. The word is supposed to be (Ny)Norsk, but I wonder what the krøterrefers to (veg is way, road, path, that I know already). Can it be a cow, or cows? Synonyms are welcome too.
Great information, thanks. So it is not just a cow, it is the general term. One extra question, or no, two: what is a cow in (Ny)Norsk? In Dutch it would be een koe (eine Kuh in German), and cattle would be vee (Vieh in German).
Since you tagged it "all Scandinavian languages", here are some of the Swedish related words: cow = ko, cowpath=kostig (we also humorously refer to narrow/badly maintained country roads as 'kostig'). Cattle=boskap, kreatur, fä, we also have kritter (=critter), which I only knew today when I looked in the dictionary! Fä is also used in compounds such as fäbod, färist.
Thanks a lot, I appreciate that... Just some extra questions if I may:
- is a stig a path (we have steeg, which is a very narrow kind of street, like an impasse)
- boskap could be read as cow creatures, you mean? I usppose.
- critter // Kröter in Norsk, I suppose
- fa+ bod, fä+rist: what is the second element?
I associate "stig" with a forest path.
"Boskap" will today be used mainly for bovines, but horses, sheep, goats and pigs, formerly even chickens, are sometimes included. The distinction between "hornboskap" (self-explanatory) and "småboskap" (small cattle) seems not to be active today.
"Rist" is 'grid'. Google 'cattle grid'!