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  • blaß (before the 1996 spelling reform)


From Middle High German blas.



blass ‎(comparative blasser or blässer, superlative blassesten or blässesten)

  1. pale


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From Middle Irish blas, from Old Irish mlas, from Proto-Celtic *mlasto-, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *mel-s- (compare Russian молса́ть ‎(molsátʹ, to suck).


blass m ‎(genitive singular blass, plural blassyn)

  1. taste, flavour
    Cha vel blass er.‎ ― It has no taste.
    Dty phaag lesh blass ny molley.‎ ― Your kiss with the taste of honey.
    Ta blass eeast er.‎ ― It tastes of fish.
    Ta blass unnishyn er yn anvroie.‎ ― The soup tastes of onion.
  2. accent
    Ta blass kiart ny Gaelgey ayd.‎ ― You have a correct Manx accent.
    Ta blass ny Baarle echey.‎ ― He has an English (language) accent.
    Ta blass Sostynagh echey.‎ ― He has an English (of England) accent.
    Ta blass Yernagh echey.‎ ― He speaks with an Irish accent.
  3. spiciness
    Dy chur blass da skeeal.‎ ― To give spice to a story.
  4. tinge, overtone
    Va blass trimshey ayns e choraa.‎ ― There was a note of sorrow in his voice.

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  • blasstal ‎(tasty, savory; seasoned; fruity)
  • blayst m ‎(taste, flavour)


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
blass vlass mlass
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


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