snàthad

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish snáthat, from Proto-Celtic *snātanto (compare Welsh nodwydd, Breton nodoez), from Proto-Indo-European *snéh₁- ‘to spin, twist’ (compare Scottish Gaelic snìomh). Related to snàth ‘thread’, nathair ‘snake’.

Pronunciation[edit]

snā-hud

Noun[edit]

snàthad f

  1. needle
    • crò snàthaid, the eye of a needle
  2. earmark on sheep, See comharradh-cluais.
  3. hook to hold the blade of a scythe at the proper angle (Also called snàthad-fheòir.)

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, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)