gabhal

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish gabul (fork, forked branch).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gabhal m (genitive singular gabhail, nominative plural gabhail)

  1. fork (of a road)
  2. branch
  3. split
  4. crotch
    • 1906, E. C. Quiggin, A Dialect of Donegal, page 18, § 40:
      vɛ:r̥ə m′ə kick ℊo:l ℊyd′, said by boys
      (conventional orthography of the above phonetic transcription): Bhéarfaidh mé kick sa ghabhal dhuit
      I’m going to kick you in the crotch.
  5. udder, bag (of a cow)
    • 1906, E. C. Quiggin, A Dialect of Donegal, page 18, § 40:
      tα: go:l mαiç bwæN′ə ɛg′ ə wɔ: ʃïn′
      (conventional orthography of the above phonetic transcription): Tá gabhal maith bainne ag an bhó sin
      That cow has a good bag of milk.
  6. (cycling) bicycle fork
  7. (chess) fork

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gabhal ghabhal ngabhal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.