Focal an Lae #131
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bia (BEE-uh) [b′iə]

Meaning: bia = food


History: Old Irish “biad”, Welsh “bwyd” and Breton “boued” all come from Common Celtic *biveto-m, from Indo-European *gwei-to-, from the root *gwei- (to live). The etymological link of “bia” to “life” is underscored by its cognates in Irish: “bith” (existence, world), “beatha” (life, livelihood) and “beo” (alive, living). English cognates included “viand” and “victual”, both from Latin “vivere” (to live).

Scottish Gaelic: biadh

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