Focal an Lae #187
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: amach (uh-MAHKH) [əmax]

Meaning: amach = out, outwards (describing motion to)


History: Old Irish “i-mmach” (literally, “into-field”) is based on “mag” (field, plain, open land), which, like Welsh “maes” (field) and “ma” (field, place), comes from Common Celtic *magos (plain), which may derive from Indo-European *meg- (great). If this is so, then all the English words based on Latin “magnus”, such as “magnitude” and “magnify”, are cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: a-mach

2008-06-19 CPD