earball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ear +‎ ball

Noun[edit]

earball (plural earballs)

  1. (acupuncture) A small ball kept in position in the ear and pressed when needed to relieve stress.

Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

earball m (genitive singular earbaill, nominative plural earbaill)

  1. Alternative form of eireaball

References[edit]

“earball” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish erball

Noun[edit]

earball m (genitive singular earbaill, plural earbaill)

  1. a tail
    earball an eachpaddock-pipe, horse-tail
    bun an earbaillthe rump
    earball sguabacha bushy tail
  2. ludicrous name for the train of a dress

References[edit]

  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, ISBN 0 901771 92 9
  • MacLennan, Malcolm. A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language Edinburgh: John Grant (1925)