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See also: gabhail



Alternative formsEdit


From Old Irish gabál, from Proto-Celtic *gabaglā; compare Welsh gafael. Synchronically analyzable as gabh +‎ -áil, though this verbal noun itself is the origin of the suffix -áil.


gabháil m (genitive singular gabhála, nominative plural gabhálacha)

  1. verbal noun of gabh
  2. catch, seizure, capture; assumption (of authority); occupation (of territory); acceptance; undertaking; tolerance
  3. fitting, adjustment; yoke, harness; attire; control; prop, support
  4. (music, poetry) rendering
  5. barm, yeast, leaven
    Synonym: giosta


Derived termsEdit

  • gabhálach (taking, catching; receptive; contagious; gripping, grasping, occupying; possessive, avaricious)
  • gabhálacht (receptiveness, receptivity; contagiousness; graspingness, avarice)


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
gabháil ghabháil ngabháil
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.