Focal an Lae #150
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fraoch (FREEKH) [friːx]

Meaning: fraoch = heather


History: Old Irish “fróech”, Welsh “grug” and Gaulish *brūko- come from Indo-European *wroik-, the o-grade of *wreik- (to turn). An English cognate is “briar”, which comes from French “bruyère” (heath), from Late Latin “brucus” (heather), apparently borrowed from the Gaulish.

Scottish Gaelic: fraoch

2008-06-19 CPD