Gheg; clipped form of njegull, variant of standard mjegull. From Proto-Albanian *(n)neG-, from either Proto-Indo-European *negw, or Proto-Indo-European *(s)neuK-, both meaning "to get dark". Cognate to Romanian negură (“fog”) and Lithuanian niáuka (“darkness (of the sky), dusky, dim (weather)”). Alternatively from Proto-Albanian *snaiga, from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos (“snow”). Compare Old Church Slavonic sněgь (sněgĭ), Gothic snaiws (snaiws, “snow”).