Focal an Lae #136
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: maol (MWEE-uhl) [miːl]

Meaning: maol = bald; hornless; blunt; bare


History: Old Irish “máel” and Welsh “moel” come from Indo-European *mai-lo- (cut off), from the root *mai- (to cut). In Early Irish, “máel”, with the literal meaning “shorn one, cropped-haired one” and the extended meaning “slave, servant, religious devotee”, was a common element in personal names: Máel Muire (Devotee, Servant of Mary), Máel Coluim (Devotee of Columba), Máel Dúin (Servant of the Fortress), etc. The earliest examples of this usage are names such as MAILAGNI and MAILAGURO found on late Ogam inscriptions. English uses the word “muley”, which means “hornless” and was borrowed from either Irish or Welsh.

Scottish Gaelic: maol

2008-06-19 CPD