geal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gelen, from Old French geler, from Latin gelare, from gelu. See gelid.

Verb[edit]

geal (third-person singular simple present geals, present participle gealing, simple past and past participle gealed)

  1. (obsolete or Scotland) to congeal

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for geal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Anagrams[edit]


Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish gel, from Proto-Celtic *gelos, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₂- (to shine).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

geal m (genitive singular gil)

  1. white, bright(ness)

Declension[edit]

Adjective[edit]

geal (genitive singular masculine gil, genitive singular feminine gile, plural geala, comparative gile)

  1. white, bright
    • 2015, Proinsias Mac a' Bhaird, transl., Maura McHugh, editor, Amhrán na Mara (fiction), Cartoon Saloon; Coiscéim, translation of Song of the Sea by Will Collins, →ISBN:
      Thuas i dteach an tsolais, faoi réaltaí geala, canann Bronach Amhrán na Mara dá mac Ben atá cúig bliana d'aois.
      Up in the lighthouse, under twinkling stars, Bronach sings the Song of the Sea to her five-year-old son, Ben.
  2. clear
    Tá a craiceann chomh geal le sneachta.
    Her skin is as white as snow.
  3. (literary) fallow
  4. (figuratively) bright, pure; glad, happy; dear, beloved, fond

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

geal (present analytic gealann, future analytic gealfaidh, verbal noun gealadh, past participle gealta)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) whiten, brighten; clear
    Gheal an spéir.The sky cleared.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, figuratively) make, become, glad, happy, fond

Conjugation[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
geal gheal ngeal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]


Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish gel, from Proto-Celtic *gelos, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₂- (to shine).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

geal (comparative gile)

  1. white, bright, pale
    Ma 's e 'n t-iasg do choinnlean geala, ma 's e na ròin do luchd-faire...
    If the fish are thy candles bright, if the seals are thy watchmen...

Declension[edit]

Case Masculine singular Feminine singular Plural
Nominative geal gheal geala
Vocative ghil ghil geala
Genitive ghil ghil/gile geala
Dative geal/gheal ghil/gheal geala

The distribution of the lenited vs unlenited forms is mostly determined by the presence or absence of the definite article. Plural forms depend on the method of plural formation of the noun.

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
geal gheal
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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References[edit]