See also: cnámh

Scottish GaelicEdit


Etymology 1Edit

See cnàimh.


cnàmh m (genitive singular cnàimh, plural cnàmhan)

  1. Alternative form of cnàimh (bone)
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Irish cnám, from Proto-Celtic *knāyeti (to bite), from Proto-Indo-European *kneh₂-.[1] Compare Old Irish con·cnaí (chews, masticates, gnaws), verbal noun cnaïd.


cnàmh m (genitive singular cnàimh)

  1. verbal noun of cnàmh
    Synonym: cnàmhadh
  2. (act of) digesting
  3. digestion
  4. decay
  5. erosion
  6. (with definite article, an) blight


cnàmh (past chnàmh, future cnàmhaidh, verbal noun cnàmh, cnàmhadh, past participle cnàmhte)

  1. chew, gnaw, masticate
  2. corrode (metal)
  3. digest
Derived termsEdit


  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) , “kna-yo”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, pages 211


Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
cnàmh chnàmh
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • cnàmh” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic–English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019) , “cnám”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language