Focal an Lae #49
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: domhan (DOWN)

Meaning: domhan = world, the Earth


History: Old Irish “domun” (world) and “domain” (deep, depth) both come from Common Celtic *dubnos (the deep; the world). Compare Welsh “dwfn” (deep, depth; the world) and the Gaulish name “Dumnorix” (King of the World). The Indo-European origin of these words is the root *dheub- (deep, hollow). English cognates from this root include “deep” and “dive”.

Scottish Gaelic: domhan

2008-06-19 CPD