carw

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *karw, from Proto-Celtic *karwos, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱr̥wós, zero grade of *ḱerwós, from *ḱer- (horn).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

carw m (plural ceirw)

  1. deer, hart, stag
  2. (informal) reindeer
    Es i â'r plant i weld Siôn Corn a'i geirw.
    I took the kids to see Father Christmas and his reindeer.
  3. (figurative) lord, nobleman, patron, etc.

Usage notes[edit]

Carw is used informally to refer to "reindeer" in the context of Christmas. The standard word for "reindeer" is carw Llychlyn.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
carw garw ngharw charw
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “carw”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies