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This is from an old Russian dictionary:
о́слик, -а м. уменьш.-ласк к осел
Please could you write it out in Russian in full i.e. without any abbreviations? Any explanations/translations will be most welcome.
By the way, why is к not followed by the dative?
I realise that:
уменьши́тельный = diminutive
ласка́тельный = affectionate
But I'm not sure what form they should go into here when written in full.
Best wishes, and many thanks,
м. = мужской род (masculine gender)
уменьш.-ласк = уменьшительно-ласкательное (affectionate diminutive: used to express affection)
к is not followed by the dative, because the word "слову" is omitted - it's a dictionary format ("к слову осел" is implied and you can see that "слову" is used in the dative)
Hope this explains everything. Let me know if you need more clarification.