helyg

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Helygen

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *hėlɨg, from Proto-Celtic *salixs, from Proto-Indo-European *sl̥H-ik- (willow). Cognate with Cornish helyk, Breton halegen, Irish saileach, Scottish Gaelic seileach, Manx shellagh, Latin salix, Old English sealh and English sallow.

Pronunciation[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Despite being spelled with y, the second vowel here is generally pronounced /ɪ/ in the north as tends to be the case when y precedes g.

Noun[edit]

helyg f pl (singulative helygen, not mutable)

  1. willows

References[edit]

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