Focal an Lae #307
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: sciath (SHKEE-uh) [s′k′iːə]

Meaning: sciath = shield


History: Old Irish “scíath”, Welsh “ysgwyd” and Breton “skoed” all come from the Indo-European root *skei- (to cut, split), a shield probably being originally a split plank or board. Cognates in English, from Latin “scutum” (shield), include “escutcheon” and “esquire”.

Scottish Gaelic: sgiath

2008-06-19 CPD