abhainn

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish aub, from Proto-Celtic *abū (compare Welsh afon), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ep- (water). The form abhainn was originally the dative singular of abha, but is now widely used as the nominative/accusative as well.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abhainn f (genitive singular abhann or aibhne, nominative plural aibhneacha or aibhne)

  1. river
    Níl aon abhainn san oileán.
    There’s no river on the island.
    Dá dtéiteá go Gaillimh inné, d’fhéadfá a dhul isteach an abhainn go réidh, mar nach raibh aon tsruth mór.
    If you had gone to Galway yesterday, you would have easily been able to go up the river, since there wasn’t a very strong current.
    Bhí an abhainn reoite.
    The river was frozen.
    bruach na haibhne‎ ― the riverbank
    Bhí na haibhneacha uilig reoite.
    All the rivers were frozen.
    Dhá mbeadh an t-airgead againn, ghabhfadh muid do haibhneacha Chill Airne.
    If we had the money, we would go to the rivers of Killarney.

Declension[edit]

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
abhainn n-abhainn habhainn t-abhainn
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish aub, from Proto-Celtic *abū (compare Welsh afon), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ep- (water). The form abhainn was originally the dative singular of abha, but is now widely used as the nominative/accusative as well.

Noun[edit]

abhainn f (genitive singular aibhne, plural aibhnichean)

  1. river, stream

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, ISBN 0 901771 92 9
  • 1 ab” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.