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From Middle Welsh eryr, from Proto-Celtic *eriros (eagle) (compare Breton erer, Cornish er, Old Irish *irar), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (large bird).





eryr m (plural eryrod)

  1. eagle
    1. hero, chief; prince, leader; one who preys, spoiler; emblem of political power or supreme temporal authority; angel; spiritual man
  2. figure of the eagle in heraldry or as a work of art, figure of the eagle as an ensign in the Roman army, etc., image of an eagle
  3. (astronomy) Aquila

Derived terms



Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
eryr unchanged unchanged heryr
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


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