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From Middle Irish foraís, from Anglo-Norman forest, from Medieval Latin foresta (open wood).



foraois f (genitive singular foraoise, nominative plural foraoisí)

  1. forest
    • 2007, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, translated by Breandán Ó Doibhlin, An Prionsa Beag, Dublin: Read Ireland, ISBN 9780955625008, p. 1:
      Nuair a bhí mé sé bliana d’aois, chonaic mé, uair amháin, pictiúr iontach i leabhar i dtaobh na foraoise darbh ainm “Scéalta fíora.”
      Once when I was six years old, I saw a wonderful picture in a book about the forest called “True stories.”


Derived terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
foraois fhoraois bhforaois
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • foraís” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • “foraiġis” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • "foraois" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.