Focal an Lae #347
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: éan (AY-uhn) [eːn]

Meaning: éan = bird, chick


History: Old Irish “én”, Welsh “edn” and Breton “evn” all come from Indo-European *petno-, from the root *pet- (to fly). The “p” ofIndo-European was lost completely in Proto-Celtic. The earliest attestation of this word in Irish is in the Ogam inscription ENABARR[I], meaning “bird-headed”. Cognates in English include “feather”, “pen” and “pinnate”.

Scottish Gaelic: eun

2008-06-19 CPD