Focal an Lae #362
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: lear (LAR, A as in cat) [l′ær]

Meaning: lear = sea, ocean (mainly used in “thar lear”, overseas)


History: Old Irish “ler” and Welsh “llŷr” (sea) come from Indo-European *li-ro-, from the root *lei- (to flow). There is a mythological figure, possibly a god of the sea originally, who is called Lir, the father of Manannán in Irish and Llŷr, the father of Manawydan in Welsh. Cognates in English include “libation”, going back through Latin to the IE root, and very probably the name of Shakespeare’s character, King Lear.

Scottish Gaelic: lear

2008-06-19 CPD