Focal an Lae #244
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bain (BAN) [ban′], baint (BANCH) [ban′t′]

Meaning: bain = cut, reap, extract, get from, remove, touch, etc.
baint = cutting, taking, etc.; connection


History: Old Irish “benaid” (strikes) is a reflex of Indo-European *bi-na-ti, from the root *bhei- (to strike). English cognates are “bill” (of bird) and “bill” (a weapon or billhook).

Scottish Gaelic: bean

2008-06-19 CPD