Focal an Lae #100
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: leathan (LYA-huhn, A as in “cat”) [l′æhən]

Meaning: leathan = broad, wide


History: Old Irish “lethan”, Welsh “llydan”, Breton “ledan” and Gaulish “litano-” all come from Common Celtic *litano-, which derives (with the standard CC loss of “p”) from Indo-European *plt-no- (broad), which is the suffixed zero grade of the root *plat- (to spread). A good English cognate from this root is “flat”. In Irish, the verb “leath” (spread) is an obvious cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: leathan

2008-06-19 CPD