-ail

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See also: ail and -áil

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Latin -āculum. Cognate to French -acle, which is borrowed from Latin -āculum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

-ail

  1. Forming masculine nouns from verbs and nouns, having the sense of ‘tool, object for a specific purpose’.
    éventer (to ventilate) --> éventail (fan)
  2. Forming masculine nouns from verbs and nouns, having a collective sense.
    bête (animal) --> bétail (cattle)

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish -amhail (compare Irish -úil, Manx -oil), from Old Irish -amail.

Suffix[edit]

-ail

  1. Of or pertaining to an adjectival suffix applied to various words, usually nouns, to make an adjective.
    modhail ('S glè mhodhail sin dhe - that's very kind of him.)

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