Scottish GaelicEdit

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From Old Irish bríg ‎(force, power, value), from Proto-Celtic *brīgos ‎(strength) (compare Welsh bri ‎(fame, distinction)), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷrih₂-g-, a suffixed extended form of *gʷréh₂us ‎(heavy) (compare Latin gravis, Ancient Greek βαρύς ‎(barús), and Sanskrit गुरु ‎(gurú).


brìgh f ‎(genitive singular brìgh, plural brìghean)

  1. meaning, sense
  2. substance, essence, gist, point, drift (of argument etc)
  3. pith, sap, juice (of plants, fruit etc)
  4. energy, strength
  5. significance, purport, moment



  • 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 0 901771 92 9
  • bríg” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
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