Focal an Lae #158
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cáis (KAWSH) [kaːs′]

Meaning: cáis = cheese


History: Old Irish “cáise” was borrowed from Latin “caseus” (cheese), which derives from Indo-European *kwāt-so-, from the root *kwat- (to ferment, be sour). English “cheese” goes back via Germanic *kasjus to the Latin word, as does the term “casein”. Russian “kvass” (a kind of beer) goes directly back to the OI root.

Scottish Gaelic: cáise

2008-06-19 CPD