liath

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish líath, from Proto-Celtic *ɸlētos (compare Welsh llwyd, Cornish loys, Breton loued), from Proto-Indo-European *pel- ‎(grey) (compare English fallow).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

liath ‎(genitive singular masculine léith, genitive singular feminine léithe, plural liatha, comparative léithe)

  1. grey
  2. light blue
  3. grey-haired
    Proverb: Is minic duine liath lúfar.‎ ― Grey hairs need not signify old age.

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Noun[edit]

liath m ‎(genitive singular léith, nominative plural liatha)

  1. grey (colour)
  2. grey-haired person; grey horse

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Noun[edit]

liath f ‎(genitive singular léithe)

  1. grey cow

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Verb[edit]

liath ‎(present analytic liathann, future analytic liathfaidh, verbal noun liathadh, past participle liata)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) grey
    1. (intransitive) turn grey; become faded
    2. (transitive) give someone grey hairs, wear someone out; colour water, tea (with milk)

Conjugation[edit]

References[edit]

  • "liath" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • líath” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish líath, from Proto-Celtic *ɸlētos, from Proto-Indo-European *pel- ‎(grey).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

liath ‎(comparative lèithe)

  1. grey, grey-coloured
  2. grey-headed, grey-haired
  3. mouldy
  4. lilac
  5. pale
  6. (dyeing) pale or bright blue

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See also[edit]

Colors in Scottish Gaelic · dathan (layout · text)
     dearg      uaine      buidhe      ?      bàn
     {{{crimson}}}      magenta      ?      gorm      pinc
     guirmean      gorm      orainds      glas      ?
     dubh      purpaidh      donn      liath      saidhean

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