Focal an Lae #41
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: clann (KLAHN)

Meaning: clann = children, family, offspring, descendants


History: Old Irish “cland” was borrowed at an early date, when Irish still lacked the sound “p”, from Latin “planta” (young plant, sprout), which comes from the verb “plantare” (to plant; literally, to drive in with the sole of the foot) from “planta” (sole of the foot), from the Indo-European root *plat- (to spread). English cognates include “flat”, “plate”, “plant” and “clan”.

Scottish Gaelic: clann

2008-06-19 CPD