Focal an Lae #151
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: samhradh (SOW-ruh) [saurə]

Meaning: samhradh = summer


History: Old Irish used both “sam” and “samrad” to mean “summer”. “Sam”, Welsh “haf”, Breton “hañv” and Gaulish “samon(ios)” all come from Common Celtic *samo-, which goes back to Indo-European *sem- (summer). English “summer” is a clear cognate. The second element, “-radh”, is probably related to “ráithe” (season) and may be traced back to the Indo-European root *ret- (to run, roll).

Scottish Gaelic: samhradh

2008-06-19 CPD