Focal an Lae #305
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: duilleog (DIHL-yohg) [dil′oːg]

Meaning: duilleog = leaf


History: Classical Irish “duilleóg” comes from Middle Irish “duille” (foliage, leaf) plus the diminutive suffix “-óg”. “Duille”, as well as Welsh “deilen”, Breton “delienn” and Gaulish *dūla- come from the Indo-European root *dhal- (to bloom, turn green). Learned cognates in English, from Greek “thallos” (a shoot), include “thallium” and “thallus”. A closely related word in Irish is “duilliúr” (foliage).

Scottish Gaelic: duilleag

2008-06-19 CPD