Focal an Lae #33
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: dubh (DOOV, OO as in book)

Meaning: dubh = black; darkness


History: Old Irish “dub” comes from Common Celtic *dubu-. Compare Welsh and Breton, which both have “du” (black), and the Gaulish river name Dubis (black; modern name: Le Doubs). The probable Indo-European root is *dhubh- (to smoke; hazy; darkened). A possible English cognate is “deaf”.

Scottish Gaelic: dubh (DOO)

2008-06-19 CPD