Focal an Lae #302
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: lom (LOHM) [lo(ː)m]

Meaning: lom = bare; bareness; lay bare, mow, shear


History: Old Irish “lomm” and Welsh “llwm” come from Indo-European *lup-smo- or *lub(h)-smo-, from the root *leup- (to peel, break off). The earliest attestation of this word in Irish is in the Ogam inscription LLOMINACCA, a name which appears in Old Irish as “Lomainech”, broken down as “lomm” (bare) + “enech” (face), i.e., bare-faced, beardless. An English word which goes back to the same IE root is “leaf”.

Scottish Gaelic: lom

2008-06-19 CPD