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See also: dúil

Scottish Gaelic[edit]


  • IPA(key): /tuːl/, [d̪̊uːl]

Etymology 1[edit]

MacBain suggests a relation to Ancient Greek θυμός (thumós, soul, desire, passion) and Lithuanian dūmas (smoke) (NB: Perhaps erroneously, MacBain glosses the Lithuanian as dumas (thought)). Regardless, if true, it would be from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (smoke).


dùil f (genitive singular dùile, plural dùilean)

  1. hope, expectation, expectancy, prospect
  2. intention, thought
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Irish dúil, dúl. MacBain relates this to Sanskrit धूलि (dhūli, dust) and Latin fūlīgō (soot), however Stokes suggests a relation to German zeugen (to beget, to bear witness) and Latin dūcō (I pull, I guide) to explain dialectic na dùil (poor creatures!) (cf. Irish dúil (creature)) and dùileag (a term of affection for a girl).


dùil f (genitive dùile, plural dùilean or dùiltean, genitive plural dùl)

  1. (chemistry, etc.) element


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