ainleag

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish áilleóc, fainleóc (compare Irish fáinleog), a diminutive of Old Irish ainnel, fannall, from Proto-Celtic *wesnālā (swallow) (compare Welsh gwennol (swallow, martin), Cornish guennol, Breton gwenneli), from Proto-Celtic *wesr-/wesn- (spring), from Proto-Indo-European *wósr̥ (spring).

Noun[edit]

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ainleag f (genitive singular ainleige, plural ainleagan)[1]

  1. swallow, barn swallow (hirundo rustica)[2]

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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; accessed 3 Feb 2015
  2. ^ Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow at Encyclopedia of Life; accessed on 3 Feb 2015
  • áilleóc” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • fainleóc” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.