Focal an Lae #28
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: mór (MOHR)

Meaning: mór = big, great


History: Old Irish “már” comes from Common Celtic *máro-. Compare Welsh “mawr”, Breton “meur” and the Gaulish proper name “Nertomaros”, literally “strength-great”. Twenty centuries later, the Modern Irish “neartmhar”, meaning “powerful”, is a clearly recognizable cognate of this name. The Indo-European root *mē- (big) is the origin. English cognates are “more” and “most”.

Scottish Gaelic: mór or mòr (MOHR)

2008-06-19 CPD