Focal an Lae #174
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: muir (MWIHR) [mir′]

Meaning: muir = sea


History: Old Irish “muir”, Welsh “môr” and Breton “mor” come from Common Celtic *morim, from Indo-European *mori- (body of water). Armorica, the old name for Brittany, is a Latinization of Gaulish “Aremorici”, meaning “those who live beside the sea”. The elements, with their Irish cognates, areː are (ar = on) + mori (muir = sea) + ci (-igh, plural of -each, asubstantive suffix). English cognates include “mere” (a small lake), “mermaid” and “marine” (from Latin “mare”).

Scottish Gaelic: muir

2008-06-19 CPD