Focal an Lae #123
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: gorm (GOR-uhm) [gorəm]

Meaning: gorm = blue; bluish-green (leaves, grass); black (skin)


History: Old Irish “gorm” was borrowed from early Welsh “gwrm” (dark blue, dark brown, black), which had been borrowed from Anglo-Saxon “wurma” (purple; name of a type of marine mollusk, Murex trunculus, which was the source of a costly dye called Tyrian, or royal, purple). “Wurmu” came from Indo-European *wrmi- (worm), from the base *wer- (to turn, bend). English cognates include “worm” and “vermin”.

Scottish Gaelic: gorm

2008-06-19 CPD