Focal an Lae #104
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: capall (KAH-puhl) [kapəl]

Meaning: capall = horse; mare


History: Old Irish “capall” is related to Latin “caballus” (horse), which appears to be a borrowing from Gaulish *kaballos (work horse). Whether the Irish word is a borrowing from Latin or is a native word is uncertain. English cognates derived from the Latin are “cavalry” and “cavalcade”.

Scottish Gaelic: capall

2008-06-19 CPD