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See also: uath and uath-

Old Irish[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *ɸowtus, from Proto-Indo-European *pew- (to fear).


úath ?

  1. fear, horror, terror
  2. a horrible or terrible thing


Masculine u-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative úath úathL úathae
Vocative úath úathL úathu
Accusative úathN úathL úathu
Genitive úathoH, úathaH úatho, úatha úathaeN
Dative úathL úathaib úathaib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization

Derived terms[edit]


  • Middle Irish: uath (horrible thing, horror)
  • Middle Irish: fúath (hatred)

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)


úath ?

  1. whitethorn
    • c. 900, Sanas Cormaic, from the Yellow Book of Lecan, Corm. Y 1278
      ūath .i. scē (v.l. sceach), ar imat a delg
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. name of the Ogham letter (h)

Etymology 3[edit]

From úathad


úath ?

  1. a small number, a few


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

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