Focal an Lae #352
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: folach (FO-luhkh) [foləx]

Meaning: folach = hiding


History: Old Irish “folach”, which is the verbal noun of “fo-luigi” (to cover, hide; lit., to lay under), Welsh “golo” (to cover) and Breton “golo” (a cover) come from a compound of the Indo-European roots *upo(under) and *legh- (to lay, lie). For more on *upo, see Focal #351. English “lay” and “lie” are reflexes of the root *legh-.

Scottish Gaelic: falach

2008-06-19 CPD