Focal an Lae #217
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: luigh (LIH) [l′i]; luí (LEE) [l′iː]

Meaning: luigh = lie down; luí = lying down


History: Old Irish “laigid” (lies down) and “lige” (lying down, bed), and Welsh “lle” (place) come from the Indo-European root *legh- (to lie, lay). Cognates in English include “lie”, “lay” and “lees”, the latter from Medieval Latin “lia”, probably from Gaulish *leg-yā or *legā (that which lies, i.e., in the bottom of the barrel or cup).

Scottish Gaelic: laigh, laighe

2008-06-19 CPD