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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Irish áinleóg ‎(swallow) (Middle Irish áilleóc ‎(swallow), see M.I. fainleóc ‎(swallow), dim. of fannall ‎(swallow))[1], Old Irish fannall ‎(swallow)), Proto-Indo-European *wannello-.

Compare Welsh gwennol ‎(swallow, martin), Cornish guennol, Breton gwenneli, French vanneau ‎(lapwing), Italian vannello, Medieval Latin vannellus, which is usually referred to as Latin vannus, fan. Proto-Indo-European *wat-n-allo-s. (Holden).[2]

From Old Irish ainnel ‎(swallow) (compare Old Irish fannall ‎(swallow))[1], with the diminutive suffix -ag.


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ainleag f ‎(genitive singular ainleige, plural ainleagan)[3]

  1. swallow, barn swallow (hirundo rustica)[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "ainnel" in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76. and "fannall" in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.. Accessed 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ ainleag at Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Alexander MacBain, Eneas Mackay, 1911 . Accessed 4 Feb. 2015.
  3. ^ ainleag at 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; accessed 3 Feb 2015
  4. ^ Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow at Encyclopedia of Life; accessed on 3 Feb 2015