Focal an Lae #67
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: uillinn (IHL-yuhny, ny as in “canyon”)

Meaning: uillinn = elbow


History: Old Irish “uilen” comes from *olinā, the extended o-grade of the Indo-European root *el- (elbow, forearm). Compare Welsh “elin” and Breton “ilin”. Latin “ulna” and English “elbow” (lit., el-bow, i.e., forearm-bend) are also cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: uileann or uilinn

2008-06-19 CPD