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Min Nan[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of áu – see (“to defy; to disobey; hard to read; etc.”).
(This character, áu, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of .)

Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Celtic *ausos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ṓws.



áu n (genitive áue or óe, nominative plural óe or áue)

  1. ear (organ of hearing)
    Synonym: clúas


Neuter s-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative áu, ó áuN, óN óeL, áueL
Vocative áu, ó áuN, óN óeL, áueL
Accusative áu, ó áuN, óN óeL, áueL
Genitive áueH, óeH áueN, óeN áueN, óeN
Dative áuiL, L áuib áuib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization


  • Middle Irish: ó


Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
áu unchanged n-áu
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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