Last modified on 23 April 2015, at 18:07



Etymology 1Edit

From Old Irish bile, from Proto-Celtic *belyo- (tree), from Proto-Indo-European *bholyo- (leaf).



billey m (genitive billey, plural biljyn)

  1. tree
    • Hie mee cooyl billey.
      • I got behind a tree.
    • Hoie eh cha jeeragh as billey.
      • He sat bolt upright.
    • My chrieys oo y billey ny s'creoiey, tuittee ny croiyn.
      • If you shake the tree harder the nuts will fall.
    • Ren y gleashtan smoashal noi billey.
      • The car crashed into a tree.
    • Ta biljyn er beealloo yn thie.
      • Before the house there are trees.
    • Ta biljyn rish yn awin.
      • There are trees along the river.
    • Ta'n billey ceau e ghuillagyn.
      • The tree is shedding its leaves.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowing from English bill or Anglo-Norman bille, from Old French bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla (seal", "sealed document).


billey m (genitive billey, plural billaghyn)

  1. bill (proposed law)
    • Hie yn billey ny hrooid.
      • The bill was passed.
    • Hug eh lesh stiagh billey ayns Y Chiare as Feed.
      • He introduced a bill into the Keys.
  2. bill (banking)


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
billey villey milley
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.