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"Naw morgrugyn."

Translation:Nine ants.

February 12, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Willowfae

Such a short word in English. Such a long word in Welsh!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ash473779

Can anyone give me the etymology of this word? It sounds kind of interesting


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

It's a singulative of morgrug "ants".

And according to the GPC dictionary, that's from mŷr "ant" + crug "heap, mass, large number".

Welsh mŷr is distantly related to the "-mire" part of "pismire", an English word for "ant".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ash473779

Thanks really interesting, thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shwmae

That's interesting. In north-east Wales the word for "ants" is myrion (singular myrionen), from mŷr I now learn.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hornedhorse9

Myra is north germanic for ant ...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchietobe

What a long word for such a small thing.

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