Focal an Lae #127
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: uan (OO-uhn) [uən]

Meaning: uan = lamb


History: Old Irish “úan”, Welsh “oen” and Breton “oan” come from Common Celtic *ognos, which comes from Indo-European *agwh-no-s (lamb). The only real English cognate is an obsolete dialectical word “yean” (to lamb).The Latin cognate, however, is well-known in the phrase “Agnus Dei”.

Scottish Gaelic: uan

2008-06-19 CPD