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Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish coillid (destroys) < coll < Proto-Celtic *koldo- (cf. Welsh coll (defect, loss)) < Proto-Indo-European *kold- (strike, cut) (cf. Old English healtian (limp)).

Pronunciation

  • (Munster) IPA: [kailʲ]
  • (Galway) IPA: [kɑːl̠ʲ]
  • (Mayo, Donegal) IPA: [kal̠ʲ]

Verb

caill

  1. lose

Conjugation

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
caill chaill gcaill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Usage notes

The autonomous forms are used idiomatically as a euphemism for "die".

  • Cailleadh é – "He died" (lit. "He was lost")

Scottish Gaelic

Pronunciation

kȳ-ile

Noun

caill m.

  1. testicle (obsolete meaning)

Verb

caill

  1. lose, suffer loss, forfeit
    • mu 'n caill iad an treòir, ere they lose their strength
  2. name, call (obsolete meaning)
  3. emasculate (obsolete meaning)

References

  • The Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary (Birlinn Limited, 1901-1911, Compiled by Edward Dwelly)
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)

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