nighean

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish ingen, from Primitive Irish ᚔᚅᚔᚌᚓᚅᚐ (inigena), from Proto-Celtic *enigenā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁én (in) + *ǵenh₁- (produce, give birth) (compare Latin indigena (native), Ancient Greek ἐγγόνη (engónē, granddaughter)).

Noun[edit]

nighean f (genitive nighinn or nighinne or nighne, plural nigheanan or nigheannan or nighnean)

  1. daughter, female offspring
  2. girl, maiden
    An cluinn thu mi, mo nighean dhonn? - Will you listen to me, my brown-haired girl?

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