Last modified on 2 July 2014, at 07:10

Old IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *ɸlāmā (compare Welsh llaw), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₂meh₂ (palm, hand) (compare Latin palma, Greek παλάμη (palámē)).

NounEdit

lám f (ā-stem, genitive singular láime)

  1. hand
    • c. 800, Würzburg Glosses on the Pauline Epistles, Wb. 9a5
      precept dosom fri dei et saithar ho lámaib in nocte
      glosses operantes manibus nostris
    • c. 875, Milan Glosses on the Psalms, Ml. 36b1
      ind lám glosses manu
  2. arm
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, Sg. 68a1
      doe láme glosses lacertus
  3. hand (as a unit of length)
  4. (abstract, figuratively) prowess, accomplishment, power

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ReferencesEdit

  • Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin [1]