néal

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish nél. Cognate with Welsh niwl; a Celtic loanword either from Vulgar Latin *nībulus, a modification of Latin nūbilus ‎(cloudy), or from Proto-Germanic *nebulaz ‎(cloud, mist).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

néal m ‎(genitive singular néil, nominative plural néalta)

  1. cloud
  2. depression
  3. gloomy expression
  4. fit, paroxysm
  5. swoon, nap, snooze
  6. daze

Declension[edit]

  • Alternative genitive plural: néal

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References[edit]

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