lám

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Old Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *ɸlāmā (compare Welsh llaw), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₂meh₂ (palm, hand) (compare Latin palma, Greek παλάμη (palámē)).

Noun[edit]

lám f (ā-stem, genitive singular láime)

  1. hand
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 499–712, Wb. 9a5
      precept dosom fri dei et saithar ho lámaib in nocte
      glosses operantes manibus nostris
    • c. 875, Milan Glosses on the Psalms, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1987, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. I, pp. 7–483, Ml. 36b1
      ind lám glosses manu
  2. arm
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1975, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. II, pp. 49–224, Sg. 68a1
      doe láme glosses lacertus
  3. hand (as a unit of length)
  4. (abstract, figuratively) prowess, accomplishment, power

Descendants[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • "lám" in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.