balbhán

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish balbán (compare Scottish Gaelic balbhan), synchronically balbh +‎ -án.

Noun[edit]

balbhán m ‎(genitive singular balbháin, nominative plural balbháin)

  1. dumb person, mute
  2. silent person
  3. stammerer
  4. (card games) dummy

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
balbhán bhalbhán mbalbhán
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • "balbhán" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • balbán” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.