-án

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • -eán (slender variant)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish -án, from Primitive Irish *-ᚐᚌᚅᚐᚄ (*-agnas).

Suffix[edit]

-án m

  1. A suffix used to derive instruments, diminutives, and other nouns from primary nouns.
Usage notes[edit]

This suffix is productive in Modern Irish. It forms masculine nouns of the first declension. It was originally a diminutive, but in Modern Irish only a few words with this suffix can be considered diminutives.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-án m

  1. (chemistry) -ane
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Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Primitive Irish -ᚐᚌᚅᚔ (-agni, genitive).

Suffix[edit]

-án m

  1. diminutive suffix

Usage notes[edit]

After a palatalised consonant, the suffix becomes -én.

Inflection[edit]

Masculine o-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative -án -ánL -áinL
Vocative -áin -ánL -ánu
Accusative -ánN -ánL -ánu
Genitive -áinL -án -ánN
Dative -ánL -ánaib -ánaib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization

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