Focal an Lae #274
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: oll (OHL) [o(ː)l]

Meaning: oll = huge, great, super-


History: Old Irish “oll”, Welsh “holl” (all, whole), Breton “oll” (all) and Gaulish “ollon” (all, entire) come from Common Celtic *olno-, which may come from Indo-European *ol-no- from the root *ol-, al- (beyond), or possibly from *pol-no- from the root *polo- (swollen, thick). In any case, the earliest examples of the word in Irish are Ogam inscriptions such as OLACON (= of the great hound; Old Irish “ollchon”).

2008-06-19 CPD