Focal an Lae #365
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: eireaball (EH-ruh-buhl) [er′əbəl]

Meaning: eireaball = tail, tailend


History: Old Irish “erball” is explained in the “Sanas Cormaic”, a 10th century compendium of Irish wordlore (much of it fanciful!) as “íar ball, the final member of the animal”. Another etymology would explain the word as a compound of Old Irish “err” (hindpart) and “ball” (member, limb). “Err” comes from Indo-European *ors- (buttocks), and is cognate with English “arse”. See Focal #91 for “ball”.

Scottish Gaelic: earball

2008-06-19 CPD