máel

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See also: mael and Máel

Old Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *mailos; cognate with Welsh moel.

Adjective[edit]

máel

  1. bald, bare, shaved, shorn, tonsured
    1. (pre-Christian) as of a slave.
    2. (after the introduction of Christianity to Ireland) as of someone who is devoted (to God or to a given saint)
  2. (of cattle) hornless
  3. blunt, flattened, obtuse, pointless
  4. (of places) bare, exposed, defenceless

Noun[edit]

máel f (plural maíl)

  1. A head or shaved head.
  2. bare or blunt object.
  3. A rounded or convex surface; a flat-topped hillock.

Descendants[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
máel
also mmáel after a proclitic
máel
pronounced with /ṽ(ʲ)-/
máel
also mmáel after a proclitic
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin [1]