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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish ettech, ittech (winged; having fins; having wing-like appendages; flying, fluttering”), by extension, ‎(“wings, fins), from ette (wing, pinion; fin; feather, plume); synchronically, eite (wing; pinion; wing feather; fin) +‎ -ach.


eiteach (genitive singular masculine eitigh, genitive singular feminine eití, plural eiteacha, not comparable)

  1. winged; pennate, plumed, feathered
    Synonym: sciathánach
  2. finned
Derived terms[edit]


eiteach m (genitive singular eitigh)

  1. wings; plumes, feathers
  2. fins

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Irish eitech (refusal, refusing), verbal noun of Old Irish as·toing (refuses, literally swears away from, removes by oath).


eiteach m (genitive singular eitigh)

  1. verbal noun of eitigh
  2. refusal
    Synonym: eiteachas
Alternative forms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
eiteach n-eiteach heiteach t-eiteach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "eiteach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • ettech, ittech” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • as·toing” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • Entries containing “eiteach” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “eiteach” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.