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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish síl (seed (of plants and animals); cause, origin; race, progeny, descendants; offspring, breed; act of breeding).


sìol m (genitive singular sìl, plural sìl)

  1. seed (various senses)
  2. brood, descendants, progeny
  3. lineage, breed, race, ancestry
  4. tribe, clan
  5. spawn, roe (of fish)
  6. corn
  7. oats
  8. sprat

Derived terms[edit]

  • cealla-sìl (spermatozoon)
  • sìolmhor (prolific, fertile, generative, fruitful; abounding in seed; productive, substantial)


  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • síl” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.