Belgae

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Belgae, an Iron-Age European group of tribes located between the rivers Seine and Rhine, from Proto-Celtic *belg-, *bolg- (to swell (with anger)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelgʰ- (to bulge, swell), thus meaning "People who swell (with fury/anger). Also see Old English belgan and Dutch gebelgd.

Noun[edit]

Belgae pl (plural only)

  1. (historical) A group of tribes living in northern Gaul, between the English Channel and the west bank of the Rhine, from at least the 3rd century BC.

References[edit]

  • Pokorny, Julius, "The pre-Celtic inhabitants of Ireland", Celtic, DIAS, 1960 (reprint 1983), p. 231.

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