From Scottish Gaelic caol (“narrow; thin; firth, narrows, strait, kyle; narrow part of something”) (genitive singular form caoil), from Old Irish cáel (“narrow, slender, thin; delicate, fine”), from Proto-Celtic *koilos (“thin”), from Proto-Indo-European *skey- (“to dissect; to split”).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /kaɪl/
- Homophones: chyle, kile, Kyle
- Rhymes: -aɪl
kyle (plural kyles)
- (Scotland) A narrow arm or channel of the sea between an island and the mainland, or between two islands.
- 1877 January, [John Campbell] Shairp, “The Clearing of the Glens”, in Alexander Mackenzie, editor, The Celtic Magazine: A Monthly Periodical Devoted to the Literature, History, Antiquities, Folk Lore, Traditions, and the Social and Material Interests of the Celt at Home and Abroad, volume II, number XV, Inverness, Inverness-shire: A. & W. Mackenzie, […], OCLC 7907922, canto IV (The Home by Lochburn), stanza IV, page 104:
- [T]hough remote / From the main ocean many a mile / Inflooded past cape, creek, and kyle, / The sea-loch flanked by precipice walls, / With ever-lessening murmur crawls, / Till 'neath the Pass he lies subdued / By the o'er-aweing solitude; […]
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- kyle (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “kyle”, in The Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries, 2004–, OCLC 57069714.
- Andrew Eatough, Central Hill Nisenan Texts with Grammatical Sketch