deasil

deasil

[dee-zuhl]
adverb Chiefly Scot.
clockwise or in a direction following the apparent course of the sun: considered as lucky or auspicious.
Compare withershins.


Origin:
1765–75; < Scots Gaelic, Irish deiseal, MIr dessel, equivalent to dess right, south + sel turn, time; opposed in Ir to túaithbel

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deasil (ˈdiːzəl, ˈdiːʃəl)
 
adv
1.  in the direction of the apparent course of the sun; clockwise
 
n
2.  motion in this direction
 
[C18: Scot Gaelic deiseil]

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deasil
"rightwise, turned toward the right," 1771, from Gael. deiseil (adj. and adv.), from deas "right hand, south," cognate with O.Ir. dess, Welsh dehau, and ultimately with L. dexter (see dexterity). The second element of the Gaelic word is not explained.
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