Focal an Lae #125
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: colg (KOL-uhg) [koləg]

Meaning: colg = sword (literary meaning); blade; bristle; anger


History: Middle Irish “colg”, Welsh “col” (awn; sting), Welsh “cal(a)” (penis) and Breton “kalc’h” (penis) come from Indo-European *kel-g(h)-, from the root *kel- (to prick). This root also gives us the English “holly” (prickly leaves) and the Irish and Welsh words for the same plant, “cuileann” and “celyn” respectively.

Scottish Gaelic: calg

2008-06-19 CPD