bugail

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *bʉgöl, from Proto-Celtic *boukolyos, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷowkólos, from *gʷṓws (cow) + *kʷel- (to revolve, turn around).

Cognates include Cornish bugel (shepherd), Breton bugel (child), Irish buachaill (boy), Scottish Gaelic buachaille (herder), Manx bochil (shepherd) and Ancient Greek βουκόλος (boukólos, cowherd).

Pronunciation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Despite being written as u, the vowel here is /ɪ/ in north Wales.

Noun[edit]

bugail m (plural bugeiliaid)

  1. shepherd, pastor

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bugail fugail mugail unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • bugail”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, 2014