Goidelic

Goidelic

[goi-del-ik] Linguistics.
adjective
1.
of or belonging to Goidelic; Q-Celtic.
noun
2.
Also called Q-Celtic. the subbranch of Celtic in which the Proto-Indo-European kw -sound remained a velar. Irish and Scots gaelic belong to Goidelic.
Also, Gadhelic.
Compare Brythonic, P-Celtic.


Origin:
1880–1885; < Old Irish Goídil Gael + -ic

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Goidelic, Goidhelic or Gadhelic (ɡɔɪˈdɛlɪk)
 
n
1.  Compare Brythonic the N group of Celtic languages, consisting of Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or characteristic of this group of languages
 
[C19: from Old Irish Goidel a Celt, from Old Welsh gwyddel, from gwydd savage]
 
Goidhelic, Goidhelic or Gadhelic
 
n
 
adj
 
[C19: from Old Irish Goidel a Celt, from Old Welsh gwyddel, from gwydd savage]
 
Gadhelic, Goidhelic or Gadhelic
 
n
 
adj
 
[C19: from Old Irish Goidel a Celt, from Old Welsh gwyddel, from gwydd savage]

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Goidelic
"pertaining to the branch of Celtic languages that includes Irish, Gaelic, and Manx," 1882, coined by Sir John Rhys (and first used in his "Celtic Britain"), from O.Ir. Goidel "Gael" (see Gael).
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