Focal an Lae #62
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: clúmh (KLOO, KOOV)

Meaning: clúmh = feathers, down; fur; body hair


History: Old Irish “clúm” was borrowed from Latin “pluma” at an early period before Irish had the sound/letter “p”. At this stage, a borrowed “p” was converted into the native “q” (= kw), which later became simply “c” (= k). Latin “pluma” may come from an Indo-European root *pleus- (to pluck). English cognates are “plumage” and possibly “fleece”.

Scottish Gaelic: clòimh, with the primary meaning of “wool”

2008-06-19 CPD