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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish éicen f (necessity, compulsion; force; violence; tyranny; difficulty, need, trouble, strait; stress; overpowering exuberance; need, necessitousness).


èiginn f (genitive singular èiginne, plural èiginnean)

  1. difficulty, hardship, trouble
  2. necessity, emergency, pressure, desperation
  3. violence, duress

Derived terms[edit]


  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • éicen” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.