nighean

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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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