bealach

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish belach (gap, pass, road, path).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bealach m (genitive singular bealaigh, nominative plural bealaí)

  1. way
    1. road, track
      Synonyms: bóthar, ród
    2. route
      Synonyms: caoi, slí
    3. passage, thoroughfare
    4. direction
    5. distance, journey
    6. manner, method
    7. manner, respect
      Synonyms: bóthar, modh
    1. pass
    2. passage, sound (long narrow inlet)
      Synonyms: béal, caolas, sunda

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bealach bhealach mbealach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "bealach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • manner” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • passage” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • road” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • route” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • sound” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • thoroughfare” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • way” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.
  • belach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “bealaċ” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish belach (gap, pass, road, path).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bealach m (genitive singular bealaich, plural bealaichean)

  1. defile, passage, pass or gorge of a mountain, glen
  2. gap, breach (in a wall or fence)
  3. gateway, gate
  4. road

References[edit]

  • belach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.