Focal an Lae #229
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: clár (KLAWR) [klaːr]

Meaning: clár = board, table, program(me), lid


History: Old Irish “clár” and Welsh “clawr” (cover, surface) come from Indo-European *klāro- (piece of wood), from the root *kel- (to strike, cut). Cognates in English include “holt” and “hilt” from Germanic, and “clerk” from Greek “klēros” (lot, piece of wood for drawing lots). A cognate in Irish is “claíomh” (sword, Focal #27).

Scottish Gaelic: clàr

2008-06-19 CPD