Focal an Lae #234
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: carraig (KAH-rihg) [karəg′]

Meaning: carraig = rock, boulder


History: Middle Irish “carrac” was borrowed from a Brittonic form similar to Old Welsh “carrecc”, which comes from Indo-European *karrikā, from the root *kar- (hard). Modern Welsh is “carreg” (rock, stone). An English cognates is “hard” and the word “crag” was borrowed from either Welsh “craig” (rock, crag) or Scottish Gaelic “creag”, words closely related to “carraig”.

Scottish Gaelic: carraig

2008-06-19 CPD