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See also: clo, cló, CLO, and cło

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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clò m (genitive singular clò or clòtha, plural clòithean or clòitean)

  1. cloth
  2. (specifically) tweed

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Irish cló (metal spike, nail; imprint, impression; form, shape, appearance; print of a book), from Proto-Celtic [Term?] (compare Breton klao, Welsh clo), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kleh₂w- (hook, crook, peg) (compare Latin clāvis).


clò m (genitive singular clòdha, plural clòdhan)

  1. print
  2. printing press
  3. type
    clò trombold type
Derived terms[edit]


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
clò chlò
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • Edward Dwelly (1911), “clò”, in Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan [The Illustrated Gaelic–English Dictionary], 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “cló”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language