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Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish snáthat, from Proto-Celtic *snātantā (compare Welsh nodwydd, Breton nodoez), from Proto-Indo-European *snéh₁- (to spin, twist) (compare snìomh). Related to snàth (thread), nathair (snake).



snàthad f (genitive singular snàthaid, plural snàthadan)

  1. needle
    crò snàthaidthe eye of a needle
  2. earmark on sheep, See comharradh-cluais.
  3. hook to hold the blade of a scythe at the proper angle (Also called snàthad-fheòir.)


  • 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
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)