Focal an Lae #345
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: foinse (FWEHN-shuh) [fen′s′ə]

Meaning: foinse = fountain, spring, source

Usage:

History: Old Irish “foinse” was evidently borrowed from Latin “fons, fontis” (spring, fountain), which comes from Indo-European *dhon-ti-, from the root *dhen- (to flow). Cognates in English include “font” and “fountain”.

2008-06-19 CPD