Focal an Lae #9
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: tír (TYEER or CHEER; EE as in “keen”)

Meaning: tír = land, country


History: Old Irish “tír” and Welsh “tir” derive via the reconstructed Insular Celtic “tíros” from the Indo-European root *ters- (to dry), with a simple dichotomy at work: water is wet and land is dry. Cognates include “terra”, “terrain” and “terrace”.

2008-06-19 CPD