Focal an Lae #323
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cearc (KYARK) [k′ærk]

Meaning: cearc = hen, female bird


History: Middle Irish “cercc” comes from Indo-European *kerk- (chicken), from the echoic root *ker-, the base for various words for loud noises and birds. Cognates in English include “rook”, “cricket” and “screech”. A cognate in Irish is “corr” (heron).

Scottish Gaelic: cearc

2008-06-19 CPD