Focal an Lae #264
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cosúil (KO-soo-ihl) [kosuːl′]

Meaning: cosúil = like, similar


History: Old Irish “cosmail” comes from Common Celtic *kon-samali, which derives from the Indo-European elements *kom (near, by, with) and *smm-alo-, the suffixed zero grade of the root *sem- (as one). The second element is also seen in Welsh “hafal” (like, equal) and Latin “similis” (like), which gives us English “similar” and “resemble”. Related words in Irish are “samhail” (likeness, resemblance) and “amhail” (like, as).

Scottish Gaelic: cosmhail

2008-06-19 CPD