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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish súil (eye, hope) (compare Irish súil), from Proto-Celtic *sūli- (sun) (compare Welsh haul (sun), from Proto-Celtic ablaut variant *sāwol-), from Proto-Indo-European *sóh₂wl̥ (sun). The change in meaning in Old Irish is apparently due to the mythological view of the sun as the "eye of the sky".



sùil f (genitive sùla, plural sùilean, genitive plural sùl)

  1. (anatomy) eye
  2. vision, eyesight
  3. look, glance
  4. expectation, hope


Derived terms[edit]


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
sùil shùil
after "an", t-sùil
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • 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 0 901771 92 9
  • súil” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.