Focal an Lae #169
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: ceangal (KANG-guhl) [k′æŋgəl]; ceangail (KANG-gihl) [k′æŋgəl′]

Meaning: ceangal = connection, tie; ceangail = to tie, bind


History: Old Irish “cengal” was borrowed from Latin “cingulum” (belt), from the verb “cingere” (to gird), from the Indo-European root *kenk- (to bind, gird). An English cognate that also goes back to Latin is “cinch”.

Scottish Gaelic: ceangal; ceangail

2008-06-19 CPD