Focal an Lae #310
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: barr (BAWR) [baːr]

Meaning: barr = tip, top, summit


History: Old Irish “barr” and Breton “barr” (summit, maximum) come from Indo-European *bhar- (projection, bristle, point). English words that derive from the same IE root include “bristle”, “burr” and “brad”. The word “barr” is first attested in Irish in Ogam inscriptions such as OSBBAR (deer-headed), ENABARRI (bird-headed) and CATABAR (= Old Irish “cathbarr”, helmet, lit. “battle-top”).

: bàrr

2008-06-19 CPD