Focal an Lae #130
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cluin (KLIHN) [klin′]

Meaning: cluin = hear


History: Old Irish “(ro-)cluinethar” (hears) comes from Common Celtic *kli-nu-tor, which comes in turn from Indo-European *kl-n-ew-ti, from the root *kleu- (to hear). Welsh “clywed” and Breton “kleved”, both meaning “to hear” are cognate, as are the English words “loud” and “listen” (where the IE “kl” became “hl” in Germanic, giving Old English “hlūd” and “hlysnan”).

Scottish Gaelic: cluinn

2008-06-19 CPD