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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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Metathesis of Irish inghean, from Old Irish ingen, from Primitive Irish ᚔᚅᚔᚌᚓᚅᚐ ‎(inigena), from Proto-Celtic *eni-genā, from Indo-European. Possible cognates include Latin indigena ‎(native), Ancient Greek ἐγγόνη ‎(engónē, grand-daughter).


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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