Focal an Lae #248
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cuan (KOO-uhn) [kuːən]

Meaning: cuan = harbour, bay, haven

Usage:

History: Old Irish “cúan” comes from Indo-European *kapno-, from the root *kap- (to grasp). Cognates in English include “haven”, from Germanic *hafnō- (place that “holds” ships), “haft” and “capture”, from Latin “capere” (to catch).

Scottish Gaelic: cuan (= sea)

2008-06-19 CPD