Focal an Lae #154
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: poc / boc (POK, BOK) [pok, bok]

Meaning: poc = buck (billy goat; stag); butt
boc = buck (kind of man)


History: Old Irish “bocc”, with the later variant “pocc”, Welsh “bwch” and Breton “bouc’h” come from Common Celtic *bukkos (he-goat), from Indo-European *bhugo- (stag, ram, he-goat). English cognates include “buck”, and also “butcher”, from Old French “bouchier”, derived from “bouc” (he-goat), which probably comes from Gaulish “bukkos”.

Scottish Gaelic: boc

2008-06-19 CPD