buachaill

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish búachaill (cowherd), from Proto-Celtic *bow-kʷolyos (herdsman), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷōw-kʷol-, from *gʷṓws (cow) + *kʷel- (to revolve, turn around). Cognates include Breton bugel (child), Welsh bugail (shepherd), and Ancient Greek βουκόλος (boukólos, cowherd).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

buachaill m (genitive buachalla, plural buachaillí)

  1. boy
  2. young, unmarried man
  3. herdsman
  4. servant, male employee
  5. useful thing (referring to a masculine noun)
    Is é an rinse an buachaill chun na hoibre.
    The wrench is the right tool for the job.

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
buachaill bhuachaill mbuachaill
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.