Focal an Lae #103
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: each (AKH, A as in “cat”) [æx]

Meaning: each = horse, steed


NOTE: The most common word for “horse” in Irish is “capall”, which will be the next Focal. In Scottish Gaelic, however, “each” is the usual word.

History: Old Irish “ech”, Welsh “ebol” (colt) and Gaulish “epos” all come from Indo-European *ekwo- (horse). The Gaulish word is the basis of the name “Epona”, the Horse Goddess. Her popularity spread to the Romans, whoa ccorded her a festival which was celebrated every December 18th. An English cognate is “equestrian”, from Latin “equus”.

Scottish Gaelic: each

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