fichead

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Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fichead m

  1. genitive singular of fiche

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
fichead fhichead bhfichead
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish fichet (compare Manx feed), genitive singular of fiche (twenty), from Proto-Celtic *wikantī (compare Welsh ugain), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁wih₁ḱm̥t (compare Latin vīgintī), from *dwi(h₁)dḱm̥ti (two-ten).

Numeral[edit]

fichead

  1. (cardinal) twenty

Usage notes[edit]

  • The following noun is in the singular:
    fichead leabhar - twenty books
  • In the older, vigesimal system of counting in Scottish Gaelic, the numerals 40, 60, 80, 120, 140, 160 and 180 are denoted as multiples of 20, hence:
    fhichead leabhar - forty books (literally "two [times] twenty books")
    seachd fichead leabhar - 140 books (literally "seven [times] twenty books")

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

fichead m

  1. twenty, score

References[edit]

  • 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, Complied by Malcolm MacLennan)