Focal an Lae #89
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: súil (SOO-ihl) [suːl′]

Meaning: súil = eye; expectation, hope


History: Old Irish “súil” comes from Common Celtic *sūlis, which derives from Indo-European *sāwel- (sun). The metaphorical leap from “sun” to “eye” may seem extreme, but is not unprecedented. “Súil” is thus cognate with various “sun” words, from Welsh “haul” to Latin “sol”, which yields English cognates such as “solar”. The Irish word for “sun” is the completely unrelated “grian”.

Scottish Gaelic: sùil

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