Focal an Lae #7
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: rua (ROO-uh)

Meaning: rua = reddish, red-haired, rust-coloured

Usage: fear rua = a red-haired man

History: Rua comes from Old Irish “rúad”, which harks back to the Indo-European root *reudh- (red, ruddy). Forms in the other Celtic languages are Scots Gaelic “ruadh”, Manx Gaelic “ruy”, Welsh “rhudd”, and Breton “ruz”. English cognates include “red”, “ruddy”, “rouge” and “rust”.
2008-06-19 CPD