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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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From Old Irish léimm, from Proto-Celtic *lang-smen- (compare Welsh llam), from Proto-Indo-European *legʷh- (light, not heavy).


  • IPA(key): [ʎeːm], /ʎeːm/


leum m (genitive leuma, plural leuman or leumannan)

  1. Verbal noun of leum.
  2. jump, leap, skip, spring, bound, dash, frisk, start
    leum gàbhaidh - a dangerous leap
  3. emission

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leum (verbal noun leum)

  1. to leap, bound, spring, skip, frisk, hop, jump, start
  2. to bleed (nose)
  3. to pass, as time, or through space
    Nuair a leumas e an Fhéill-Brìghde, chan earb an sionnach 'earball ris an deigh. When Candlemas is past, the fox will not trust his tail to the ice.
    Leum e air a' mheadhan-oidhche. It passed midnight.
  4. to make a slip of the tongue
    Leum mo theanga orm. My tongue slipped. I put my foot in it.