Focal an Lae #255
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: sú (SOO) [suː]

Meaning: sú = juice, sap


History: Old Irish “súg” appears to have been borrowed from Latin “sucus” (sap, juice) and its form influenced by the native verb “súigid” (sucks, absorbs). Both “sucus” and “súigid” derive from Indo-European *seuə- (to take liquid). Cognates in English include “succulent”, “soak” and “suck”.

Scottish Gaelic: sùgh

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