caille

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See also: caillé

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French quaille, from Old Dutch *kwakila, Frankish *kwakla (compare Dutch kwakkel), blend of kwak (quack) and *hwahtila (quail) (compare dialectal Dutch wachtel), diminutive of Proto-Indo-European *kʷoḱt-. See also the word quaccola, attested in the Reichenau glosses, and qualea. Compare also the related Occitan calha, Italian quaglia, and other Romance cognates; some alternative etymologies derive these from a Late Latin coacula, of imitative origin, although this is uncertain. More at quail, Wachtel.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɑj/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

caille (plural cailles)

  1. multicoloured, spotted.
    • 1881, "Le boute-selle" in French Nursery Rhymes, Librarie Hachette & cie, page 25:
      A Versailles, à Versailles, / Sur la queue d’un’ grand’ vach’ caille.
      To Versailles, to Versailles, / On the tail of a big spotted cow.

Noun[edit]

caille f (plural cailles)

  1. quail

Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

caille

  1. inflection of cailler:
    1. first/third-person singular indicative/subjunctive present
    2. second-person singular imperative

Further reading[edit]


Old Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Latin pallium. Doublet of paillium.

Noun[edit]

caille n

  1. veil
    Synonym: bréit
Inflection[edit]
Neuter io-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative caille cailleL cailleL
Vocative cailli cailleL cailleL
Accusative caille cailleL cailleL
Genitive cailliL cailleL cailleN
Dative cailliuL caillib caillib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Noun[edit]

caille f

  1. genitive singular of caill

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
caille chaille caille
pronounced with /ɡ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.