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This Proto-Celtic entry contains reconstructed terms and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



Unknown; possibly from Proto-Indo-European *teHlu-, cognate with Sanskrit तालु (tā́lu, palate).[1]


*talu n[1][2]

  1. front
  2. forehead


Neuter u-stem
singular dual plural
nominative *talu *talū *talwā
vocative *talu *talū *talwā
accusative *talu *talū *talwā
genitive *talous *talous *talowom
dative *talou *talubom *talubos
locative *? *? *?
instrumental *talū *talubim *talubis


  • Proto-Brythonic: *tal
  • Old Irish: taul, tul, tel
  • Gaulish: *talu[3]
  • Celtiberian: talukokum (


  1. 1.0 1.1 Matasović, Ranko (2009), “*talu-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 367
  2. ^ Koch, John (2004), “*tālu-”, in English–Proto-Celtic Word-list with attested comparanda, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, page 132
  3. ^ Delamarre, Xavier (2003), “talu-, talamon-”, in Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise: une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental [Dictionary of the Gaulish language: A linguistic approach to Old Continental Celtic] (Collection des Hespérides; 9), 2nd edition, Éditions Errance, →ISBN, page 288