Focal an Lae #47
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: scuab (SKOO-uhb)

Meaning: scuab = broom, brush; to sweep


History: Old Irish “scúap” was borrowed from Latin “scopae” (twigs, branches; broom), which seems to come from the Indo-European root *(s)kop- (to cut with a blade). The realm of ENTOmology gives us a technical term which appears to be the only cognate in English: “scopula - a dense, brushlike tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain insects”.

Scottish Gaelic: sguab

2008-06-19 CPD