namhaid

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See also: nàmhaid and námhaid

Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Irish náma, from Old Irish námae, from Proto-Celtic *nāmants, (see Gaulish namanto-) traditionally said to be from Proto-Indo-European *ne (not) + *h₂em- (love) (compare Latin amō), but as that verb root is not otherwise attested in Celtic, this may be a folk etymology.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

namhaid m or f (genitive singular namhad, nominative plural naimhde)

  1. enemy

Declension[edit]

  • Alternative genitive plural: namhad

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 283
  2. ^ Sjoestedt, M. L. (1931) Phonétique d’un parler irlandais de Kerry (in French), Paris: Librairie Ernest Leroux, page 16

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