Focal an Lae #91
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ball (BAWL) [baːl]

Meaning: bodily organ; part; member; spot


History: Old Irish “ball” comes, via earlier *balos, from the Indo-European root *bhel- (to swell). This root is the origin of a wide range of cognates referring to round objects and also to the idea of tumescent masculinity: ball, bale, boulder, bowl, bulk, bole, bull and phallus.

Scottish Gaelic: ball

2008-06-19 CPD