Focal an Lae #155
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: seabhac (SHOWK, OW as in cow) [s′auk]

Meaning: seabhac = hawk


History: Old Irish “sebocc” was borrowed from Middle Welsh “hebawc”, which itself was borrowed from Old English “heafoc”, which derives from the Indo-European root *kap- (to grasp). English “hawk” is a direct cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: seabhag

2008-06-19 CPD