abacc

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Middle Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Associated by Matasović with Middle Welsh afanc (dwarf; beaver), from Proto-Celtic *abankos (beaver), a derivative of *abū (river).[1] However, the sense ‘beaver’ is unattested in Goidelic, and Proto-Celtic *nk should give Goidelic /ɡ/, not /k/.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abacc m

  1. dwarf

Descendants[edit]

  • Irish: abhac

Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 24

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