See also: neal and Neal

Irish edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Old Irish nél, as also Scottish Gaelic neul. Cognate with Welsh niwl; a Celtic loanword either from Vulgar Latin *nībulus, a modification of Latin nūbilus (cloudy), or from Proto-Germanic *nebulaz (cloud, mist). It cannot come from a Proto-Celtic form with *-bl-, as this cluster remained in Old Irish (e.g. mebul (shame) from *meblā).[1]

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

néal m (genitive singular néil, nominative plural néalta)

  1. cloud
    Synonym: scamall
  2. depression
  3. gloomy expression
  4. fit, paroxysm
  5. swoon, nap, snooze
  6. daze

Declension edit

  • Alternative genitive plural: néal

Derived terms edit

References edit

  1. ^ Thurneysen, Rudolf (1940, reprinted 2003) D. A. Binchy and Osborn Bergin, transl., A Grammar of Old Irish, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, →ISBN, page 79

Further reading edit