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"Cailleach èibhinn."

Translation:A funny old woman.

December 31, 2019



Funnily enough, the word "cailleach" in Irish Gaelic today generally means "witch".


Yes that meaning was also found here. In my experience, the context will tell you which it is. It is also used in the name of quite a few birds, such as cailleach oidhche 'owl'.

Thinking about it, I think I would use cailleach for a woman with supernatural powers, who might not technically be a witch (and would usually be an old woman anyway), but bana-bhuidseach for a woman who actually travels by broomstick.

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    It's hard to distinguish the sound of 'cailleach" from "caileag".

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