madadh

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Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish matad (common dog, cur). Compare madra.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

madadh m (genitive singular madaidh, nominative plural madaí)

  1. (Cois Fharraige, Ulster) dog
    Synonyms: , gadhar, madra

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
madadh mhadadh not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

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

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish matad (common dog, cur).

Noun[edit]

madadh m (genitive singular madaidh, plural madaidhean)

  1. dog, fox, wolf
  2. cock of a gun-lock (the part in which the flint used to be fixed)
  3. butt-end of a gun
  4. the large mussel, like the bait-mussel and as large as the mùsgan

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word may refer to various canids; however, the usual term for dog is , and derived compound nouns are usually used for the other species. In Arran, however, madadh is the usual term for a dog, and is seldom heard.

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • matad” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.