Focal an Lae #344
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: béim (BAYM) [b′eːm′]

Meaning: béim = blow, stroke, emphasis


History: Old Irish “béimm”, the verbal noun of “benaid” (strikes), comes from Indo-European *bhei-smn, from the root *bhei- (to strike). Cognates in English include “bill” (bird’s beak) and “bill” (weapon or pruning hook). See Focal #244 for “bain” (to strike, etc.).

Scottish Gaelic: beum

2008-06-19 CPD