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See also: ean, -ean, Ean, EAN, -eán, and ἐάν



From Old Irish én, from Proto-Celtic *ɸetnos.



éan m (genitive singular éin, nominative plural éin)

  1. bird
    Luigh leis an uan, agus éirigh leis an éan.
    Lie with the lamb, and rise with the bird.
  2. young (of bird)
  3. (by extension) young (of other animals)


  • Alternative plural: éanacha (Cois Fharraige, Iorras (Co. Mayo))

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Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
éan n-éan héan t-éan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "éan" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • 1 én” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • Entries containing “éan” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “éan” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.