Focal an Lae #126
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: néal (NYAY-uhl) [n′eːl]

Meaning: néal = cloud; depression; snooze; fit


History: Old Irish “nél” was borrowed from early Welsh “nifwl, niwl”, which was borrowed in turn from Late Latin *nibulus, a variant of Latin “nebula” (cloud) influenced by “nubilus” (cloudy), both of which come from Indo-European *nebh-elā-, a suffixed form of the root *nebh- (cloud).

Scottish Gaelic: neul

2008-06-19 CPD