Focal an Lae #309
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: dian (JEE-uhn) [d′iːən]

Meaning: dian = intense, severe


History: Old Irish “dían” (swift, vehement) comes from the Indo-European root *deyə- (to swing oneself, whirl around, hurry). There is an Ogam inscription DENAVEC[A], which has been interpreted as “fast fighting”. The DENA corresponds to OI “dían” and the VECA would be cognate with OI “fichid” (fights) and “fecht” (fight, attack, hosting, etc.), from Indo-European *weik- (to fight, conquer).

Scottish Gaelic: dian

2008-06-19 CPD